You will notice in the title for this post, I said, “When you pray for your church” not “If you pray for your church.” I’m taking for granted that if you have a church that you are active in, that you do pray for that church.
That may be a rather large assumption. I would always taught to challenge my assumptions, but in this case, I will start there and see how it goes.
I start with Paul’s prayer for the church at Philippi in his book: Philippians 1:3-11. TLT
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.”
“It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart. We have shared together the blessings of God, both when I was in prison and when I was out, defending the truth and telling other the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Jesus Christ.”
“I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ returns. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”
For the Christian, prayer is not only a right; it is a privilege and a duty.
“Before a full-time chaplain was engaged, individual Congressmen took turns opening sessions of the Congress with prayers. Finally a permanent chaplain was appointed.
“One day he was late in arriving, and when time came for the session to begin, he was not there to pray. An older congressman stepped to the front and prepared to pray.
“The Speaker of the House hit the desk with gavel and asked, ’By what right does the gentleman pray?’”
”The volunteer answered the Speaker, the right of any sinner, sir.’ “He was permitted to pray.”‘
Paul names the things he prayed for when he interceded on behalf of the church at Philippi. When we pray for our church, let us ask for these same things.
You do pray for your church, right?
The Path Continues…