They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
Today we are praying for our church and church family. As believers we should be doing this daily.
I came across an article online written by Jonathan Leeman, an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church in suburban Washington, D.C. His article was titled “18 Things to Pray for Your Church” and he encouraged sharing it with others, so that is what I am doing today. Let’s all pray some or all of these 18 things for our churches today and every day.
18 Things to Pray For Your Church
- That we would have unity amid diversity—loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel.
- That a culture of discipling would form in which making disciples is viewed as an ordinary part of the Christian life.
- That faithful elders would use Scripture to train members to do the work of ministry.
- That a hunger for studying the gospel would form among members so that they can guide and guard one another in it.
- That transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and remaining anonymous strange.
- The preaching of God’s Word—that it would be biblically careful and Holy Spirit imbued.
- That elders would remain above reproach, kept from temptation, complacency, idols, and worldliness.
- That the church’s songs would teach members to biblically confess, lament, and praise.
- That the church’s prayers would be infused with biblical ambitions, honesty, and humility.
- That adult members would work to disciple teenagers and not just leave it to programming.
- That the church’s primary teachers grow in dedication to God’s Word even when no one’s watching.
- That it would grow in being distinct from the world in love and holiness, even as it engages outsiders.
- That members would share the gospel this week—and see more conversions!
- That members would be prepared for persecution, remembering to love, not curse, their persecutors.
- That hopes for political change would be outstretched by the hope of heaven.
- That giving would be faithful, as well as joyful, consistent, and sacrificial.
- That more members would use their careers to take the gospel to places it’s never been.
- That members would be good and do good in their workplaces this week.
“Can you think of something I didn’t include? Then pray it and share it! This is hardly the “official list” of the 18 most important things to pray.
They’re simply what one guy thought of while sitting in his office chair.
The point is for all of us to start praying more intentionally for our churches, and to encourage others to do the same.”
–Jonathan Leeman 4/4/2016 (to view the complete article visit: 18 Things to Pray for Your Church (thegospelcoalition.org)
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