“If we learn to pray with Paul, our praying will be shaped by our profound desire to seek what is best for the people of God.” (D. A. Carson)
If you’re a member of LifePoint, God has given you both a high responsibility and a great joy—that of praying faithfully for the church.
Praying for the church is undoubtedly one of the top priorities of the Christian life. For without it, we cannot do and be what God is calling us to do and be. Which is why Scripture repeatedly affirms its role in the life of any congregation that desires to be faithful to Jesus and the Gospel. Therefore, we must remain committed to praying faithfully for LifePoint.
Arguably, no one modeled this reality more substantially than the Apostle Paul. He constantly prayed for the church. And I believe it would benefit us greatly to seriously consider his example of what faithful prayer for the church looks like.
Therefore, I encourage you to slow down, find a quiet place, and read the following prayers carefully. Each is followed by a one-sentence “Prayer Focus” to help and direct you as you pray.
Allow at least one—if not all!—of these apostolic petitions to direct your prayer for LifePoint. I’m confident that, if each person who reads this post will take the time to lift these Spirit-inspired prayers to God in faith, He will fill our gatherings with more of His grace and glory.
(1) A Prayer For Unity
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6)
Prayer Focus: Ask God to give us a greater sense of unity in Christ as we glorify His name in gathered worship.
(2) For Spiritual Strength
“I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)
Prayer Focus: Ask God to strengthen us in Christ through the Holy Spirit that He might be glorified among us.
(3) For Love
“It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
Prayer Focus: Ask God to give us a love that bears the fruit of righteousness and approves of Christlike excellence.
(4) For Spiritual Wisdom
“We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:9-12)
Prayer Focus: Ask God to give us wisdom to walk in a manner that honors Christ.
(5) For Power
“We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
Prayer Focus: Ask God to give us power to do good works through faith in Christ.
Reading such Christ-exalting prayers, how could we not be stirred to pray for LifePoint? How could we not long to see what’s said in these prayers become increasingly manifested in the life of our congregation? You can be sure that we won’t stumble into a greater experience with God on accident. No, we must be intentional to pray our way into it. And the New Testament shows us how. Why? Because that kind of praying is both our responsibility and our joy. The real question is, will we be faithful?