10 Powerful Prayers to Pray for the Church

10 Powerful Prayers to Pray for the Church

The Bible is filled with reminders of how important it is to pray for one another. Jesus gave us the best example as He prayed for those who followed Him. Paul also left us prayers written for the churches he had visited over time. The truth that rings through all is this: “Keep on praying” (Matthew 7:7), “Pray at all times” (Ephesians 6:18), “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

It’s that important.

So, if we’re called to pray for the “church,” what is the church, exactly? The Bible reminds us that the church is more than just a building or a gathering place of people. And it’s much bigger than any single denomination, social status, or country. The church quite simply is the body of believers all around the world who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is referred to in the Bible as the Greek word “ekklesia” and is defined as “an assembly,” or the “called out ones.”

In a world that is often very dark, and in times that we know the end is drawing nearer, may we be found faithfully praying for one another until Christ’s return. Many believers are persecuted, even killed, daily all around our world. Many are being intimidated by others around them, or are ridiculed and attacked because of their beliefs. We can be sure of this – Satan is very aware of the power of our prayers. And he will do everything he can to render us ineffective and to silence our voices. May God help us to recognize those traps and do all we can to show His love and light in this world that so desperately needs Christ’s hope and healing.

Here are 10 powerful prayers for the church:

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  • 1. Pray for unity.

    1. Pray for unity.

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    “I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)

    Dear God,

    We are so incredibly in need of your power and your strength. We ask that you would fill us with your Spirit of love and unity among believers all around our world. We ask for your help to set aside our differences and look to the greater cause, the cause of Christ. Please help us to truly live out a life of love. We know that this is only possible through the power of your Spirit, so we ask that you would move across our land in miraculous ways, with fresh filling and awareness, turning your people back to you, drawing others to come to know you. We need your unity and your love to stir our hearts and give direction to our days. We need your wisdom to guide us, we need your Spirit to lead us, to live out godly lives that would bring honor first to you. We thank you that you are always with us; and give us great purpose and hope.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 2. Pray that God would be glorified in all things and that the name of Christ is exalted.

    2. Pray that God would be glorified in all things and that the name of Christ is exalted.

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    “To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will 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)

    Dear God,

    We give you the glory and honor for all that you’re doing in our lives every day, even in the times we can’t see it or understand your ways. Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set your way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

    Thank you that:

    • Your ways and thoughts are far greater than ours
    • You had a plan to redeem and make all things new
    • Your face is towards the righteous
    • You hear our prayers and know our hearts
    • You reign supreme
    • We are more than conquerors through the gift of Christ
    • You are holy and just

    Help us not to follow after the voice of the crowds, but to press in close to you to hear your whispers and seek after you alone. We will declare that your love stands firm forever. For your lovingkindness endures forever.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 3. Pray that God’s Spirit and power would fill the church.

    3. Pray that God’s Spirit and power would fill the church.

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    “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)

    Dear God,

    Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit this day. Fill us with your joy, your wisdom, and with constant reminders that Your Presence will go with us, and you will give us rest. Thank you that you came to give new life, peace, hope, and joy to your children. Thank you that your power is made perfect in our weakness. We know that you are with us, and you fight for your people. We believe that it’s not by might, nor by power, but by your Spirit that you make a difference in our world. We choose to trust you today and to recognize the authority of who you are in our lives.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 4. Pray that the body of Christ would faithfully show love to a hurting world in His Name.

    4. Pray that the body of Christ would faithfully show love to a hurting world in His Name.

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    “Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

    “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

    Dear God,

    Help us to keep our eyes on you, so that we can follow your promptings and respond to your call. Help us to see when another soul around us needs to be encouraged. Help us to be faithful to carry one another’s burdens, remembering that we’re all in this life together. 

    Thank you:

    • For your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us
    • That your Word says you are close to the brokenhearted and save those who are crushed in spirit
    • Our comfort abounds through Christ
    • That our greatest source of help and strength comes from you
    • That though we face trouble and loss in this world, we can be assured you have overcome it all

    We ask for:

    • Great miracles for this hurting world
    • The comfort of your Spirit to bring a covering of grace and healing to all those who have been broken.

    Through our own struggle and pain, help us to be your vessels to offer comfort and strength to others who are hurting.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
     
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  • 5. Pray for God’s provision and that the church would be faithful to give generously.

    5. Pray for God’s provision and that the church would be faithful to give generously.

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    “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

    “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

    Dear God,

    You are Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides. We thank you that you own it all and hold everything in your hands. We thank you that you know our needs before we even ask. You’re aware of all that concerns us, and you have a plan and provision. You alone can move mountains to make a way for your children. We ask for your answer, in your timing, for every need that weighs our hearts down.

    Forgive us for doubting you, for worrying, and for trying to work everything out on our own. Help us to trust you more. We choose to recognize and to believe that you are able to accomplish far more than we even thought possible.

    We thank you in advance for your miracles, for paving out pathways, for your provision for those who love you – the church. Thank you for the abundance of blessing and goodness you have already stored up. Thank you for teaching us to be content in all circumstances. We love you Lord; we’re leaning on you.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 6. Pray that the church would be faithful to go into all the world and share the gospel of Christ.

    6. Pray that the church would be faithful to go into all the world and share the gospel of Christ.

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    “He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

    Dear God,

    Thank you that sin and death have been conquered by Christ, and that your power is everlasting. He paid the price to offer us the gift of eternal life. Help us never to forget or take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us not to hide this great truth or to keep it to ourselves out of fear of judgment. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you freely given, what you have done for us. May we be found faithful to go into all the world – our communities, the nation, the whole world. May we share this light of hope that so burns within our hearts. Open doors that no one can shut, Lord. Protect your people as we carry the truth of Jesus into all the world.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 7. Pray for the leaders of every church, that their hearts and minds are directed towards Christ.

    7. Pray for the leaders of every church, that their hearts and minds are directed towards Christ.

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    “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)

    Dear God,

    We pray for every leader in our churches around the world – give them your wisdom and discernment as they lead. We pray that their hearts would be directed first to you, that they would recognize where their true help and strength come from. We ask that you would guard their coming and going, that you would be their refuge and their peace. We pray that you would surround each one with wise counsel, that they would be humble and kind, patient and loving through their actions and words. We pray that their faith in you would be unwavering.

    We pray for their families – give them great strength, protection, and grace for the days ahead. We ask that you would continue to pave the way for strong, faithful men and women to serve your people. We ask you for the outpouring of your Spirit to raise up those you’ve chosen to lead.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 8. Pray for the church to have a love for God’s Word and to walk in His wisdom, humility, and strength.

    8. Pray for the church to have a love for God’s Word and to walk in His wisdom, humility, and strength.

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    “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

    Dear God,

    Thank you that you have victoriously overcome sin, and death, and any evil that we may face today. And because of you, we are overcomers too. We too can have victory, and we can walk strong in your peace.

    Thank you, Lord, that You are producing in us great endurance through the hard places. You are building spiritual muscle. We press in close to your presence today and ask that no matter what obstacles we’re facing as a church, we choose joy.

    Keep your words of truth planted firmly within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right; give us the power to be obedient to your Word.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 9. Pray for God’s power and protection against the attacks of the enemy.

    9. Pray for God’s power and protection against the attacks of the enemy.

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    “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

    Dear God,

    The battle feels intense some days. We get tired and weak, and t’s hard to keep going in the face of defeat. Help us to remember that you will never leave us – that you’re our Refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

    We know that the enemy wouldn’t be fighting so hard against us if we weren’t making a difference for your Kingdom. He wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop us if he didn’t think you had so much good still in store. Remind us that this battle belongs to you Lord, and whatever we’re up against can be taken down in one fail swoop by your mighty hand. Help us to trust you more and to never waste time spinning our wheels fighting in our strength.

    Thank you for your daily presence in our lives; that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to the prayers of your people. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, and we are safe in your care.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  • 10. Pray that God would wake up the church and stir us to action.

    10. Pray that God would wake up the church and stir us to action.

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    “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6:18)

    Dear God,

    We pray for your great healing on our land. Shine your face and your blessing over us. Give us courage to go into all the world and take the message of the Gospel of peace. We need you now, more than ever before. Our times are in your hands.

    Thank you that you are:

    • Rich in mercy and full of grace
    • Forgiving and merciful
    • Strong and mighty.
    • For us and you fight for us still today

    Wake us up Lord! Remind us to live aware, listen to your words, and be willing to make a difference in this land. Give us courage to speak out. Help us not to stay silent but to do all things through your wisdom and love. Bring honor to your name in these days Lord, for you alone are worthy.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Debbie's HeadshotDebbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also on Twitter and at her blog www.debbiemcdaniel.com.

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