Sorry this is coming out so late. I’m running behind today.
When I really started getting involved in church one of the things I wanted to do was pray for my church. I’ve always been someone that preferred to pray specifically over generally. Rather than pray, “Lord bless our church” I would rather pray, “Lord do…in our church.” So I’m always on the lookout for ways to help me do this.
Over the years I’ve read books and articles that give Scripture prayers for the church. When I first started finding these things I thought it was pretty neat and I began to write them down. Over the years I’ve collected several of these Scripture prayers, got others from my own reading of the Scriptures and just thought of other things I want God to do in our church. For me this list has been something that is extremely helpful to me. It keeps me on track with praying for the church and helps me to have specific things to pray about.
These requests are not magic formulas. They are simply ways to pray specifically for your church. These are suggested starting points for praying for the church. Feel free to add to or modify this list however you feel the Holy Spirit leading you.
As you pray through these requests be sure to start by praying for God to do these things in your life first.
Pray for people to be aware of God’s presence in the church “Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” Exodus 33:15-16 (NKJV)
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully in the church 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, John 16:7-8
Pray for God to draw people to Christ in the church “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44 (NKJV) Acts 16:14
Pray for God to change lives in the church Titus 3:4-5, John 3:1-8
Pray for people to respond in faith to God’s Word in the church “For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 (NKJV) Acts 2:37
Pray for the people of the church to be gripped by the Gospel Romans 1:14-17
Pray for people of the church to have opportunities to share the Gospel “meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,” Colossians 4:3 (NKJV)
Pray for people of the church to take advantage of every opportunity to share the Gospel “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5 (NKJV)
Pray for people of the church to be bold in sharing the Gospel “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,” Acts 4:29 (NKJV)
Pray for people of the church to be salt and light in your community Matthew 5:13-15, Philippians 2:14-16
Pray that the people of the church would have an agonizing burden for the lost Romans 9:1-3
Pray for people of the church to see the world as Christ saw it Matthew 9:36-38
Pray for people of the church to see the needs and feel the hurts of the lost around them Luke 10:33-35
Pray that God would guide your thoughts (Philippians 4:8), steps (Galatians 5:16-17, 25) and desires (Psalm 63:1, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 42:1-2).
Pray for people of the church to have a great love for God’s Word “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97 (NKJV) “How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103 (NKJV)
Pray for people of the church to have a great desire for God’s Word 1 Peter 2:1-3
Pray that God’s Word would be the authority in the lives of the people of the church “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV) 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Pray for people of the church to obey God’s Word “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 (NKJV)
Pray for people of the church to be a people of prayer Acts 4:23-31
Pray for people of the church to trust God’s power “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
Pray for people of the church to remember God’s greatness Isaiah 6:1-8, Revelation 4
Pray for people of the church to trust God’s sovereignty. Psalm 2, Acts 4:25-28
Pray that the parents of the church would train their children to serve the Lord “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NKJV)
Pray for husbands and wives of the church to love each other as they should “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV) “that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,” Titus 2:4 (NKJV)
Pray for every member to find and use their spiritual gifts “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NKJV)
Pray for every Christian to grow spiritually 2 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, John 17:21
Pray for God to show the people of the church anything that hinders their relationship with Him Psalm 139:23-24
Pray for people of the church to love Christ as they should Mark 12:30, Revelation 2:1-7
Pray that the people of the church would love Christ more than they love the things of the world “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV), 2 Timothy 3:4, Philippians 3:17-21
Pray that there would be excitement in the church and about the church. “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1 (NKJV)
Pray that the people of the church would never go through the motions of worship “Therefore the LORD said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,” Isaiah 29:13 (NKJV)
Pray for the people of the church to be good stewards their finances “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” Luke 16:11 (NKJV)