Today as I was preparing for the National Day of Prayer at my own church, God reminded me of a prayer sheet that I created years ago when I was on a church prayer team. I quickly tweaked it to my context and we spent today praying it. I then wanted to bless and encourage pastors I new on facebook, so I sent it to them. Then the Lord told me to post it here on my blog for others to use in their church contexts as well. So what followers is a prayer sheet for God’s Church. I truly believe that pray has to start with the local Church. As someone who desperately longs to see Spiritually strong Children of God walking in their divine calling and full effectiveness, I pray that this will bless you and help you grow in your own pray life and the life of your church.
Praise / Thanksgiving:
Psalm 50:23 “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!
v For allowing us to freely worship and pray.
v For our salvation and the salvation of others we are believing for
v For our church and all the work the Lord is having us do for the kingdom.
v For all our pastors, leaders, and volunteers who put in tireless hours for the sake of others.
v For what God is going to do through our continued growth, surrender and obedience as a church body.
James 5:15 “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven.”
v We lift up those in our congregation who are sick or hospitalized. We pray for healing; rest and restoration. Draw them to you Lord as they wait.
v We pray for physical, emotional, spiritual, healing. Break any bonds that Satan has used, and bring forth testimonies of praise.
v We pray for anyone in our church who is dealing with a substance abuse or any other stronghold or addiction. We ask that those strongholds would be broken and that complete wholeness in Jesus would come to those individuals.
v Lord, send us out to care and comfort those in our church body. Help us to send a card or to make a call of encouragement or concern, so that they know they are loved and thought of by the body of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things are past away, and behold all things are new.”
v We lift up all those who are in need of salvation at our church.
v We pray that they would surrender to a life lived for Christ alone. Whether this is a surrender either for the first time or on a deeper level, resulting in closer intimacy with God and a manifested change from the inside out.
v We pray that people would be convicted of the sins in their lives and turn to Jesus for repentance, forgiveness and the newness of life that he offers.
v May those in need of Salvation see the lights that we shine before them. May they ask us what the difference is, and may we share with joy, our lives in Jesus.
v Lord, for those who are struggling in their spiritual walk; bring others alongside them to build them up in your ways.
v Pray for our youth to come to know the Lord; ignite a passion for Jesus so deep within them.
v May God arise in this place; let the redeemed of the Lord rise up. May we truly live the lives that we have been called to.
v Pray for our church to become prayer filled and praise filled. God, shatter the darkness around us.
Marriages and Parenting/Family life
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
v We lift up all the marriages in our church, that you would draw them to yourself Lord and to each other in Christ-likeness.
v That you Lord, would bring restoration and healing of every kind into their homes.
v Break down any walls of communication and let forgiveness and healing come forth.
v Help parents learn to love their children the way that you love us. Bond families together and bring balance to every area of their lives.
v Help families to only commit to things that will strengthen them in Christ-likeness; Let them all come to church together.
v Help parents to surrender to you Lord so that you can be the one who guides them.
1 Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
v We pray a spiritual covering over our church.
v We pray that you keep us out of the snares of Satan
v We pray that we are always focusing on your will for our church
v Lord keep our church safe in every way, so that we can reap a harvest for you alone.
Pastoral Staff/Church Ministires
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.”
v Pray for our church to be dedicated to prayer. Lord that you would reign in this, that you would burn your heart of prayer on all of ours and allow us to be united in heart of prayer throughout every ministry that we do here.
v We pray for Pastor ______to have strength, wisdom and boldness in preaching the word of God and that the Holy Spirit is preached.
v We pray for our pastors and their families; our church board and Childcare administration and staff.
v Pray for revival. As the Holy Spirit is preached, Lord we ask that you would do a mighty work in the hearts of everyone who hears; that ears would be opened, that eyes would see the truth of your ways. Lord, come revive our hearts, change us from the inside out, put a new song in us O’God. Burn so deeply that we are changed.
v Pray for _________ Church of the Nazarene that we would be a light into our community . Lord we pray that people sense the love that we have in you and for each other and that it would lead them closer to you.
v Let people see that coming to church is to get strengthened and equipped so we can go out and love the world as Jesus came and love the world; but Lord may our church be a place that is grace-filled, full of love, compassion, and forgiveness.
Pray For Unity as a Church Body
1 Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to your brothers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
v That we would learn to love each other as Christ loves us. That we may live and conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of you. That we would be mindful of the words that come out of our mouths. That we would seek wisdom and discernment and your will. That we would hold each other accountable in Christ-like love. That we would be slow to anger and quick to forgiveness; settling our disputes quickly.
v That we would not hold anything against another; that there would be no division among us, and that we would be united in mind and thought.
v That we would look to the Word of God on how to live and love one another as Christ’s body. That we would be accepting of each other’s uniqueness and differences. We are one body with many parts. May we work together in all things to the Glory of God.
v That we would surrender to God and our church leadership in the steering of our church and its ministries. Keep us united; building up each other through your word.
v Help us to be patient with each other, bearing one another’s burdens. We pray for repentance and forgiveness as a body. Forgive us our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness. We seek humility in our service to you O Lord.
v We seek to be taught and led by your Holy Spirit in every way. May your word dwell richly in us; that we are not murmurers, complainers, walking after our own lusts.