The church family is a precious gift from God. It is a community of believers who share the same faith, love, and hope in Christ. The church family is also a source of support, encouragement, and accountability for each other.
But the church family is not perfect. It faces many challenges, struggles, and conflicts. It needs constant prayer to grow in unity, maturity, and holiness. Here are 15 heartfelt prayers for the church family that you can use to intercede for your brothers and sisters in Christ.
1. Prayer for Love
Lord, thank you for your great love that you have poured out on us through your Son Jesus Christ. Thank you for making us your children and giving us a new family in the church. Help us to love one another as you have loved us. Help us to be patient, kind, forgiving, and humble towards each other. Help us to bear one another’s burdens and to seek the best for each other. Help us to show the world that we are your disciples by our love for one another. Amen.
2. Prayer for Unity
Lord, thank you for your Spirit that binds us together in one body, one faith, and one hope. Thank you for the diversity of gifts, talents, and personalities that you have given to each member of the church family. Help us to appreciate and celebrate our differences, rather than to judge or criticize them. Help us to avoid division, strife, and gossip in the church. Help us to pursue peace and harmony with one another. Help us to be of one mind, one heart, and one purpose in serving you and glorifying you. Amen.
3. Prayer for Maturity
Lord, thank you for your Word that teaches us how to live as your followers. Thank you for your grace that enables us to grow in faith and obedience. Help us to hunger and thirst for your righteousness. Help us to study and apply your Word in our lives. Help us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Help us to be conformed to the image of your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to mature in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of your will. Help us to bear fruit in every good work that you have prepared for us. Amen.
4. Prayer for Holiness
Lord, thank you for your blood that cleanses us from all sin. Thank you for your power that sets us free from the bondage of sin and death. Help us to walk in the light as you are in the light. Help us to resist temptation and flee from evil. Help us to put off the old self and put on the new self that is created after your likeness. Help us to be holy as you are holy in all that we say and do. Help us to live as salt and light in this dark and corrupt world. Amen.
5. Prayer for Service
Lord, thank you for your gifts that you have given to each member of the church family. Thank you for your call that you have placed on our lives to serve you and others. Help us to discover and develop our gifts for the common good of the church family. Help us to use our gifts with humility, faithfulness, and joy. Help us to serve one another in love and humility. Help us to serve those who are in need, especially the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, and the lost. Help us to serve as your hands and feet in this world. Amen.
6. Prayer for Leadership
Lord, thank you for your guidance that you have provided for the church family through your appointed leaders. Thank you for the pastors, elders, deacons, teachers, mentors, and other leaders that you have raised up in the church family. Help them to lead with wisdom, courage, integrity, and compassion. Help them to shepherd your flock with care and diligence. Help them to teach your Word with clarity and conviction. Help them to model your character and conduct in their lives. Help them to equip and empower others for ministry. Amen.
7. Prayer for Growth
Lord, thank you for your promise that you will build your church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Thank you for your work that you are doing in and through the church family. Help us to grow in number as we reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Help us to grow in depth as we disciple one another in following Jesus Christ. Help us to grow in breadth as we partner with other churches and ministries in advancing your kingdom. Help us to grow in height as we worship you with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Amen.
8. Prayer for Protection
Lord, thank you for your protection that you have given to the church family through your mighty power. Thank you for your angels that you have assigned to guard and defend us. Help us to be alert and sober-minded, knowing that our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Help us to put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the schemes of the evil one. Help us to overcome evil with good, and to resist the devil, so that he will flee from us. Amen.
9. Prayer for Joy
Lord, thank you for your joy that you have filled our hearts with through your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your peace that surpasses all understanding, that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Help us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances. Help us to count it all joy when we face various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Amen.
10. Prayer for Hope
Lord, thank you for your hope that you have given us through your resurrection from the dead. Thank you for your promise that you will come again to take us to be with you forever. Help us to not lose heart, but to renew our inner self day by day. Help us to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Help us to set our minds on things above, not on things that are on earth. Help us to look forward to the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
11. Prayer for Faith
Lord, thank you for your faithfulness that you have shown to the church family throughout history. Thank you for your grace that saves us through faith in Jesus Christ. Help us to trust in you with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. Help us to acknowledge you in all our ways and follow your direction. Help us to live by faith and not by sight. Help us to walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh. Help us to have faith that can move mountains and please you. Amen.
12. Prayer for Healing
Lord, thank you for your healing that you have provided for the church family through your stripes. Thank you for your compassion that moves you to heal our diseases and infirmities. Help us to pray for one another and confess our sins to one another, so that we may be healed. Help us to call upon the elders of the church to pray over us and anoint us with oil in the name of the Lord. Help us to believe that the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up. Help us to experience your healing power in our bodies, minds, and spirits. Amen.
13. Prayer for Forgiveness
Lord, thank you for your forgiveness that you have offered to the church family through your blood. Thank you for your mercy that covers our multitude of sins. Help us to repent of our sins and confess them before you, so that we may receive your forgiveness and cleansing. Help us to forgive one another as you have forgiven us. Help us to release any bitterness, resentment, or grudge that we may have against anyone. Help us to reconcile with one another and restore broken relationships. Help us to live in peace and harmony with one another. Amen.
14. Prayer for Wisdom
Lord, thank you for your wisdom that you have revealed to the church family through your Word and Spirit. Thank you for your promise that if we lack wisdom, we can ask you and you will give it generously without finding fault. Help us to seek your wisdom above all else and value it more than gold or silver. Help us to apply your wisdom in every situation and decision that we face. Help us to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and error. Help us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves in this crooked and perverse generation. Amen.
15. Prayer for Grace
Lord, thank you for your grace that you have lavished on the church family through your Son Jesus Christ. Thank you for your favor that is undeserved and unearned by us. Help us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Help us to abound in grace and excel in every good work that you have prepared for us. Help us to extend grace to one another and show kindness and generosity towards each other. Help us to receive grace from one another and appreciate their gifts and contributions. Help us to live by grace and not by law or works or performance or merit. Amen
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post about 15 heartfelt prayers for the church family. Praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ is one of the best ways to show our love and support for them. It also helps us to grow closer to God and to each other. Here are some key points to remember from this post:
- Praying for the church family is a biblical command and a privilege. We are called to pray for one another, especially for those who are in need, suffering, or facing challenges. Praying for the church family also strengthens our unity and fellowship as the body of Christ.
- Praying for the church family can be done in various ways. We can pray individually or corporately, in private or in public, with words or with actions. We can also use different types of prayers, such as praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession, and supplication.
- Praying for the church family can have powerful effects. It can bring healing, comfort, peace, joy, wisdom, guidance, protection, provision, and more. It can also change our hearts and minds, making us more like Jesus and more aligned with His will.
As you continue to pray for the church family, remember that God hears and answers your prayers according to His perfect plan and timing. He loves you and He loves His church. He is faithful and He will never leave you nor forsake you. May God bless you and your church family as you pray for one another. Amen.