Over the years, I’ve found it’s pretty easy to be critical of the local church. Sometimes the criticism has foundation in genuine concern and comes from a caring heart, sometimes (most times?) it comes out of hurt and offense. Whatever the case, what if we started praying regularly for the church we’re a part of, not just the leadership, (though that certainly is important) but for the church as a whole – those who collectively make up and are called to that particular body?
So this week, here is my prayer for my local church. I invite you to pray it for yours too.
Father, I know that you love the church and have chosen us to be your people. So this week, this year, I ask that your Word will go forward with power in our midst so we may have full assurance of the truth of the gospel. Let us experience fully the joy your good news brings.
Help us, together and individually, to stand firm in the faith you have given us, in the midst of trials and even severe suffering.
We want to imitate Jesus and all those who have gone before us and suffered much for the joy set before them. Help us to be an example, by the way we live and conduct ourselves, by our word, attitudes, and actions, to those here in our community and beyond.
May our faith and testimony encourage others as we turn from idols and serve you, the living and true God. And may we be a people who are always looking forward to the coming of your Son.
In Jesus name, Amen.