And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18
The Bible is filled with reminders of how important it is to pray for one another. Jesus gave us the best example as He prayed for those who followed Him. Paul also left us prayers written for the churches he had visited over time.
If we are called to pray for the “church,” what is the church, exactly? The Bible reminds us that the church is more than just a building or a gathering place of people. It’s much bigger than any single denomination, social status, or country. The church quite simply is the body of believers all around the world who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. It is referred to in the Bible as the Greek word “ekklesia” and is defined as “an assembly,” or the “called out ones.”
In a world that is often very dark, and in times that we know the end is drawing nearer, may we be found faithfully praying for one another until Christ’s return. Many believers are persecuted, even killed, daily all around our world. Many are being intimidated by others around them, or are ridiculed and attacked because of their beliefs. We can be sure of this – Satan is very aware of the power of our prayers. And he will do everything he can to render us ineffective and to silence our voices. May God help us to recognize those traps and do all we can to show His love and light in this world that so desperately needs Christ’s hope and healing.
1. PRAY FOR UNITY IN THE CHURCH.
“I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:1-3
2. PRAY THAT GOD WOULD BE GLORIFIED IN ALL THINGS AND THAT THE NAME OF CHRIST IS EXALTED.
“To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
3. PRAY THAT GOD’S SPIRIT AND POWER WOULD FILL THE CHURCH.
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:16-19
4. PRAY THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST WOULD FAITHFULLY SHOW LOVE TO A HURTING WORLD IN HIS NAME.
“Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35
5. PRAY FOR GOD’S PROVISION AND THAT THE CHURCH WOULD BE FAITHFUL TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35
6. PRAY THAT THE CHURCH WOULD BE FAITHFUL TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND SHARE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” – Mark 16:15
7. PRAY FOR THE LEADERS OF EVERY CHURCH, THAT THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS ARE DIRECTED TOWARDS CHRIST.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Galatians 6:9
8. PRAY FOR THE CHURCH TO HAVE A LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD AND TO WALK IN HIS WISDOM, HUMILITY, AND STRENGTH.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
9. PRAY FOR GOD’S POWER AND PROTECTION AGAINST THE ATTACKS OF THE ENEMY.
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18
10. PRAY THAT GOD WOULD WAKE UP THE CHURCH AND STIR US TO ACTION.
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” – Ephesians 6:18.
HEAD OF THY CHURCH TRIUMPHANT – MHB 411
1 Head of Thy Church triumphant,
We joyfully adore Thee;
Till Thou appear, Thy members here
Shall sing like those in glory.
We lift our hearts and voices
With blest anticipation,
And cry aloud, and give to God
The praise of our salvation.
Charles Wesley – 1701-1788
It is our privilege to come into God’s throne room to intercede and lift up our church and its leaders. Church is not a place, it’s a body. It is family, with blood ties through Jesus Christ.
Let us make prayer our life and our lives a prayer while living in a world that needs God’s powerful influence. We also should pray for all believers in Christ; so pray for Christians you know and for the church around the world.
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