2018 at First Tabernacle has been designated the Year to P.U.S.H., that’s Pray Until Something Happens. We are encouraged from Luke 18:1 to pray and never give up. In essence, we are to pray until we see progress. We can say with certainty that prayer changes things and prayer changes us! Something powerful transpires when we pray and declare together. While we are observing this day of fasting and prayer, allow the Holy Spirit to move on your heart, and pray for your church family. There is no greater service one can do for another than to love them and to lift their name before the Father in prayer. Here are 5 ways you can pray for your church family.
1. A Prayer To Speak the Gospel Boldly
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” – Acts 4:29
In Acts 4:29, the church prays that they will be given power to be bold witnesses despite the threats of the Jews. Likewise, we should pray that we would be bold witnesses for Christ. Though we may not daily contend with threats and persecutions, quite often we are silent about our faith. May we be encouraged to share the gospel without fear or shame, and extend to someone the opportunity to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
2. A Prayer for Integrity
“So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skillful hands.” – Psalm 78:72
Integrity is central to being an effective church. Integrity ensures that we live and lead from a place of purity. The word integrity has within it the word integer. An integer is a mathematical number that cannot be divided. May our conduct and character, public and private, be undivided, so that whenever others encounter us, they see consistently, the love and light of our Lord.
3. A Prayer for Unity
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who [a]will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. – John 17:20-21
Jesus’ prayer for the church, that He would leave on earth in His place, was that we would be one. Unity serves a dual purpose. When we are unified, we more accurately display the love of God in our love for one another. Because love covers, unity is possible as the love of God covers our faults and failures and helps us to be conduits of God’s forgiveness and grace. The love of God also enables us to look beyond our own needs and concerns to consider the needs of another. Unity is a reality because living in the love of God demands that we exchange our selfishness for considering others before ourselves. But unity is not only for the body, it is a message to the unbeliever that Jesus is God. In a world where offenses abound and relationships are easily severed, the church’s unity is a display of God’s redemptive and reconciling work that He is accomplishing through Jesus Christ.
4. A Prayer to be Growing Disciples
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18
Anything that is alive and healthy should be growing. Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17 describe the righteous as fruit bearing trees. In John 15, Jesus says we are to be fruit bearing branches that are vitally connected to Him, the True Vine. Paul says we are growing down in the love of God and Peter says that we are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The consensus is that the believer should be growing. How do we know we are growing? Simple! We are only growing if Christ rules more and more of our hearts, and His life is more clearly and consistently displayed through ours. Lord, help us to grow!
5. A Prayer to Pursue God Passionately
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
Man was not created for himself, man was created to glorify God and to enjoy His presence forever. In the presence of the Lord, we find the answer to every question, the anecdote for all hurts, and a panacea for all life’s problems. However, we only arrive in God’s presence with deliberate and intentional pursuit. God desires to have our whole heart. He never cheapens Himself. And yet in the modern church, there is so little seek. Our waning pursuit of God is a direct result of competing passions vying for space in our hearts. May a passionate pursuit of God’s grace and glory be rekindled in the hearts of His people so that we desire Him above all else and pursue Him with reckless abandon.
Activate your faith, stand on His Word, and pray His promises until you pray through to breakthrough!
Pursuing His Presence,
– Pastor Andre