Have you tried to find a church home lately? I’m guessing that it’s been a disappointing experience—the church is in trouble and needs your prayers.
I wrote this article to help both of us to prevent our churches from becoming apostate like so many others have in recent decades. We need God’s intervention.
But first, a short video example of how we can pray for the church:
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12 Scriptures in Support of Prayer for the Church
Here are 12 Scriptures of prayer for the church:
1. Preaching and Teaching (2 Timothy 4:2)
This passage emphasizes the importance of persistently proclaiming the Christian message regardless of the circumstances. We’re to proclaim the truth with discipline, encouragement, and patience.
Prayer supports the mission to preach the word and teach with wisdom. It asks for God’s empowerment for leaders to proclaim the message effectively and with divine energy.
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.2 Timothy 4:2 (NASB)
2. Vigilance and Thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2)
This passage highlights the importance of persistent prayer. It suggests that prayer should be a regular part of a Christian’s life.
The church is supposed to be devote itself to prayer—being watchful and thankful. We’re to acknowledge God’s hand in the life of the church through continuous prayer.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;Colossians 4:2 (NASB)
3. Salvation and Exclusivity of Christ (Acts 4:12)
Christians believe that Jesus is the only path to eternal salvation. We should pray that the church remains faithful to this belief and does not become apostate.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.Acts 4:12 (NASB)
4. Worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24)
True worship is a matter of the heart. It must be sincere and align with God’s will. Pray that your church continually seeks the will of God with sincerity.
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.John 4:24 (NASB)
5. Shepherding the Flock (1 Peter 5:2-3)
Leaders are called to shepherd the church willingly and to be examples to the flock. Prayer supports leaders to fulfill this role with eagerness and a humble approach.
shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.1 Peter 5:2-3 (NASB)
6. Laborers for the Harvest (Matthew 9:37-38)
Jesus taught that the workers are few even though the harvest is plentiful. Praying for the church includes asking God to send out workers into His harvest field.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”Matthew 9:37-38 (NASB)
7. Equipping the Saints (Ephesians 4:11-12)
The church is to equip its people for service by building up the body of Christ. Prayer is a means of seeking God’s help in this process.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;Ephesians 4:11-12 (NASB)
8. First Love and Repentance (Revelation 2:4-5)
The church is reminded to hold fast to its first love and to repent where it has fallen. Prayer is a powerful way to seek a heart of repentance and a renewed passion for Christ.
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.Revelation 2:4-5 (NASB)
9. The Church’s Foundation (Matthew 16:18)
Jesus said that He will build His church on the rock. This means our church prayers should include petitions for strength and steadfastness against challenges.
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.Matthew 16:18 (NASB)
10. Praying on All Occasions (Ephesians 6:18)
The church is instructed to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests for all the Lord’s people.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,Ephesians 6:18 (NASB)
11. Intercessions and Thanksgiving (1 Timothy 2:1)
Believers are urged to make petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving for all people. This includes those within the church community.
First of all, then I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,1 Timothy 2:1 (NASB)
12. The Power of Prayer (James 5:16)
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective, which underscores the potential impact of praying for the church.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.James 5:16 (NASB)
This means that our prayers for the church should include:
- Seeking God’s guidance.
- Expressing thankfulness.
- Ensuring doctrinal fidelity.
- Calling for laborers.
- Asking for the spiritual growth and health of the church body.
It is a practice that not only follows biblical instruction but also engages believers in the active work of God’s kingdom through non-denominational prayer.
What to Pray For the Church
Prayer for the church is deeply rooted in the belief that God is actively involved in the world and that prayer can make a real difference in the life of the church and its ability to carry out its mission.
The church is seen as the body of believers, and prayer is a way to support one another spiritually. It is a way to seek God’s guidance, strength, and wisdom for the church’s leaders and members.
Prayer is a means of promoting unity within the church. By praying together or for one another, members of the church can foster a sense of community and shared purpose.
Mission and Outreach
Many believe that prayer has the power to aid the church in its mission and outreach efforts. Praying for the church can be a way to ask for God’s help in spreading the faith and serving others.
The church faces challenges and obstacles like any other institution—prayer is a way for believers to seek divine intervention in overcoming these issues.
Growth and Revival
Prayers for the church often include requests for growth, both in numbers (quantity) and in the spiritual maturity of its members (quality).
You can pray for a revival of faith within the church and the broader community too.
Prayers can be offered for the church to receive guidance in making decisions that align with Christian teachings and values.
Thanksgiving and Praise
Praying for the church also includes giving thanks for its work, its community, and its presence in the lives of believers.
We should also praise God for the church’s blessings and achievements in prayer.
Churches face persecution and hardship all over the world—offer prayers for protection and perseverance among these congregations.
Praying for the church often involves praying specifically for our leaders. We need them to lead with integrity, wisdom, and compassion.
Fulfillment of Purpose
Pray for the church to fulfill its divine purpose, to be a light in the world, and to live out the teachings of Christ in a way that positively impacts society.
Prayer Example for Ideas
We come before You with hearts open and spirits willing, seeking to uplift Your church in prayer as instructed by Your Holy Word.
Lord, we ask that You anoint Your servants who preach and teach, just as Paul urged Timothy to be prepared in season and out of season. May they proclaim Your message with the wisdom and power that comes from You alone, laboring with all the energy You so powerfully work within them (2 Timothy 4:2; Colossians 1:28-29).
Encourage us, O God, to be devoted to prayer, watchful and thankful, recognizing Your hand in every victory and trial, and steadfast in our faith through all seasons (Colossians 4:2).
We affirm, as Peter did, that salvation is found in no one else but Jesus Christ. May Your church always hold fast to this truth, proclaiming the exclusivity of Christ with boldness and love (Acts 4:12).
Teach us to worship You in spirit and truth, as You are spirit, and those who worship You must do so in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
Grant our leaders a shepherd’s heart, that they may tend Your flock not under compulsion, but willingly, as You would have them; being examples to the flock and leading with the gentle hand of the Good Shepherd (1 Peter 5:2-3).
We echo Jesus’ words, recognizing the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Send out laborers into Your harvest, O Lord, and let Your church rise up to meet the needs of a waiting world (Matthew 9:37-38).
We pray for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, as You have given each one gifts for the edification of all (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Remind us, Father, to hold fast to our first love, to repent from our complacency, and to do the things we did at first. May Your church be ever turning toward You, rekindling the passion for Your presence (Revelation 2:4-5).
You have promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Your church. May we stand firm on the foundation that is Christ, the rock upon which the church is built (Matthew 16:18).
Empower us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. Keep us alert and persistent in our prayers for all believers everywhere (Ephesians 6:18).
We lift up intercessions and thanksgivings for all people, recognizing our shared humanity and the need for Your grace in every life. May Your church be a beacon of hope and a testament to Your mercy (1 Timothy 2:1).
We believe, as James declares, that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. May our prayers be fervent and impactful, bringing about healing, restoration, and revival in Your church (James 5:16).
In all these things, we pray for Your will to be done, for Your name to be glorified, and for Your church to be strengthened and led by Your Holy Spirit.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.