Sunday, January 22

Prayer List for Your Church

What things should we pray for when we pray for our local church?

Let's make another cooperative list. Leave your suggestions in the comments, and I'll move it up to the body of the post as I can. If you've got scripture to support your suggested prayer request, so much the better.

I'll start; then you can add.

  1. Pray that God will continue his saving work in the members by working increasing sanctification within them.
    For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.... And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:6, 9-11 NET)

  2. Pray that God would give us a "spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him", and that we would know
    what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead... (Eph. 1)
    Suggested by Anne.

  3. Julana suggests that we pray for the minister's marriage and family life. Since managing a household well is one of the requirements for an overseer given to us in scripture, isn't this is a crucial prayer to make on behalf of our pastors?
    The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife... He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? (1 Timothy 3:2,4-5 NET)

  4. Kim in IL likes to pray as Paul did in Colossians 1:
    We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. . .For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:3,9-12)

  5. Island Sparrow adds another great prayer from Paul:
    For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

  6. Eric Zeller give us a whole list of his own, which you can also find posted on his blog. First up: Pray that you would submit to your leaders and be a joy to them as they keep watch over your soul.
    Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect. ( Heb. 13:17-18.)

  7. Pray for unity.
    Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. (Romans 15:5-7 NET)
    (See also Philippians 2:1-8)

  8. Pray that God would give your leaders the grace to remain qualified for the offices they hold. (Qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Also see list item 3, above.)

  9. Pray that your leaders will fulfill 1 Peter 5:1-4:
    So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you: Give a shepherd’s care to God’s flock among you, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under God’s direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly. And do not lord it over those entrusted to you, but be examples to the flock. Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away.

  10. Pray that those in the church put on the whole armor of God.
    Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:11-13. See also 14-20.)

  11. Pray that the church would fulfill it's mission of making disciples
    Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-30 NET)
    List items 6-11 are all from Eric Zeller.

  12. Martin Labar has written a whole article on what things we should ask for on behalf of our fellow believers. He gives us two of them in the comments: That other believers don't sin,
    Now we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong, not so that we may appear to have passed the test, but so that you may do what is right even if we may appear to have failed the test. (2 Corinthians 13:7-10 NET)

  13. and that their love may increase.
    And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight...(Philippians 1:9 NET)

  14. Karen adds several requests (List items 14-17) for us to make for our leaders so that they would have the courage and boldness to be true shepherds, leading the sheep and not lording it over them. (See item 9 above.) First on her list: Pray that our leaders would be willing to study and pray.
    But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4 NET)

  15. Pray that our leaders can lead us to the truth.
    Therefore, I intend to remind you constantly of these things even though you know them and are well established in the truth that you now have. Indeed, as long as I am in this tabernacle, I consider it right to stir you up by way of a reminder, since I know that my tabernacle will soon be removed, because our Lord Jesus Christ revealed this to me. Indeed, I will also make every effort that, after my departure, you have a testimony of these things. (2 Peter 1: 12-15 NET)

  16. Pray that our leaders can protect the church from false teachers.
    Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus as the Christ who has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world’s perspective and the world listens to them. We are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. (1 John 4:1-6 NET)

    See also Galatians 1:6-12.

  17. Pray that our leaders would bring correction and discipline to those who are in open sin.
    But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you. (1 Corinthians 5:11-13 NET)

  18. Pray that we look to glorify our Heavenly Father, not our church, its members or its pastor. Suggested by rev-ed.

  19. Kim in ON suggests that we pray for humility among the members.
    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Chrrist Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7)

Now it's your turn. What've you got?

(Update: Wow! You guys are great! Let's keep it going...)

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