|A very encouraging inspirational|
quote about prayer
1. Church Leadership
This includes praying for the lead pastor, any associate pastors, elders, deacons, and ministry leaders in the church. I pray that the leadership of the church would seek God in their own lives before they try to lead the church and seek God in the direction to take the church. I also pray that there would be unity among the leaders of the church and that the Lord is clear about where the leaders should lead the church.
2. Strong Marriages and Strong Families
When families and marriages are strong, that can only be good for the church. I pray for men to be the leaders of their home, and I pray for women to be partners with their husbands in leading their children in knowledge of the Lord. A strong marriage is a great testimony to the Lord and brings glory to God through their faithfulness to each other, and their repentance/forgiveness when they sin against each other.
Many times, singles lead a very different lifestyle than a family, and it can bring a plethora of talents, gifts and spheres of influence to the church's fingertips.
I pray that singles find community within the church, and that they would seek discipleship and mentorship. I pray that the Lord grows singles in both maturity and numbers. I pray that singles pursue positions of leadership and seek to serve the local church in unique ways. I also pray that singles are strengthened through their obedience to sexual fidelity (faithfulness to God given sexual boundaries) and that they honor God with their minds and bodies.
In each church, there are always people that are part of the community of believers, but who aren't believers. I pray for their salvation, and that the Lord would bless their attendance and turn it into repentance and response to the gospel.
Lack of finances isn't something that is unexpected in the local body, but I pray for the leaders to be smart with the money, and they are being good stewards of what the Lord has provided to meet the needs of the church budget. I pray for the Lord to uniquely cover unexpected costs, and for more members to be loyal to tithing.
6. Cultural Diversity
There a famous quote from Martin Luther King JR, and he said that the most segregated hour of the week was Sunday at 11 a.m. This is mostly still true today, and I can see it in the last several churches I have been a part of. So, I pray for cultural diversity. I pray for cultural sensitivity and awareness. I pray that the Lord provides the people to make it cultural diverse. I don't pray for color-blindness, but cultural appreciation and celebration. I pray for grace, and I pray that we focus on Christ being the common ground, not our cultural preferences.
This is not an exhaustive list, but its a place to start.
Is there anything else you pray for your church? Leave a comment below :)
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