15 Ways to Pray for Your Church

Ever wonder how and what to pray for your church? Here are 15 ideas.

I love Easter Sunday. Everything about it … from the little girls with hairbows bigger than their heads to the teary eyes throughout our sanctuary as we sing of the resurrected Christ. I love the newness Easter brings, the hope and the life we experience in Christ.

Last night our church was blessed by the music of the SOZO children’s choir from Uganda. {Here is a live video from our Sunday morning service.} Y’all, my heart could have burst as these beautiful children sang of the love and belonging they’ve found in Christ. When the littlest girl stood before us proclaiming with joy, “There are no strangers. There are no outcasts. There are no orphans of God So many fallen, but hallelujah. There are no orphans of God” … y’all, I couldn’t stop the tears. Because isn’t that the hope of Easter — we all belong! He died for us and was raised that we might live in Him and with Him forever.

SOZO children's choir || www.sozochildren.org

image courtesy of Bryce Scruggs Media

And so, today, I sit here basking in the glory of the resurrection … but also reminded of what Jesus’ next and final instructions were to us, to the Church He began.

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

As we do this work He left for us, we are not simply individuals — we are a body, we are THE Body. My church, your church, THE Church … one body with one Head.  One body with one purpose — to show His love to a world in desperate need. I’m praying for my church to be a picture of Him in every way and I’m praying for all of us, THE Church, to be a living example of this great love that came and died and was raised again!  Join me?

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15 Ways to Pray for Your Church

Pray that your church will have one heart and mind focused on Christ and making Him known.  {Philippians 2:1-4, Acts 4:32}

Pray that your church will be bold in proclaiming the Gospel. {Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 4:20, Hosea 6:3}

Pray that your church will be eager to study God’s Word & devoted to prayer. {Acts 2:42, Colossians 3:15-16, 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Hebrews 4:12}

Pray that your church will display a heart of forgiveness. {Acts 7:59-60, Isaiah 58:12, Matthew 6:14-15}

Pray that your church will have a desire for true repentance. {Romans 2:3, Joel 2:12-13}

Pray that your church will bear fruit in order to the glory of God. {Luke 3:8, John 15:8, Galatians 5:22-23}

Pray that your church will display a genuine love for others. {John 13:34-35, Galatians 5:1-2, Philippians 1:9, 1 John 4: 7, 11}

Pray that your church will encourage and equip believers to live the full lives He has for us. {John 10:10, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Ephesians 2:4-5}

15 ways to pray for your church

Pray that your church will be an example of people choosing to become living sacrifices. {Romans 12:1, Mark 8:34-35, Galatians 2:20}

Pray that your church will walk in the Lord’s perfect timing. {Micah 7:7, Habakkuk 2:1-3}

Pray that your church will know the true peace  of God in times of difficulty. {John 16:33, Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4}

Pray that your church will be knowns as a sower of peace. {Zechariah 8:12}

Pray that your church will always be willing to be refined. {Zechariah 13:9}

Pray that your church will be prepared for spiritual battle. {Galatians 6:10-18}

Pray that your church will be known for having a servant heart as exemplified for us by Christ. {Mark 10:43-45}

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Jesus left us with a mission and a task. It isn’t easy {He never said it would be!}. But it’s the reason we’re here — to go and tell, to teach and train, to make disciples. And to point others in every way to Him. The Church matters to Jesus — we are His bride! And we need to be ready to spread the Good News, the hope of eternal life, and the promise there are no orphans in God!


Teri Lynne

How do you pray for your church?

Looking for a guide to help you pray deeper and with more passion for your church? Check out Prayers from the Pews: The Power of Praying for Your Church. This little book is my honest journey of learning to love the Bride of Christ and contains 30 prayers based on the Book of Acts.

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  1. So Teri Lynne, I love this! I don’t pray for my church or it’s leaders enough and so thank you so much for the reminder. Also, Those kids! What a joy! MY heart is about to burst with Joy! What a blessing! Following you on Facebook!

  2. This was such a great reminder. I think we all so I often get caught up in prayer for our families that we forget about our church family. Thanks!

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