Prayers For The Church

Prayers For The Church

By | Bible Verses

Prayer is one of the mysterious ways of the Christian life. Praying for yourself, your family, community or your country is one thing while praying for the church is a different thing altogether. Prayer is the heart of the church. Through prayers, we seek reconciliation, express our gratitude, seek wisdom and ask for grace. Since the church is not immune to earthly problems, we as Christians ought to pray to God to let the spirit guide us in building, protecting and expanding the church.

Prayers give the church a deeper understanding of the true nature of God and His purpose for the world. Kneeling before God alone in your room is often powerful, allowing you to connect to God in magical ways. For a church, prayer is a conduit to the power of God. As a church, how do you pray together? What prayer items are essential? Who should lead church prayers?

Here are crucial 9 prayers for the church you should consider when planning your church prayer sessions.

1.      Thanksgiving Prayer

Whether it is in a thanksgiving celebration or the usual church service, a thanksgiving prayer is an excellent way of expressing our gratitude to the ultimate Creator. In 1st Thessalonians 5:16 – 18, we are reminded to pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances. It does not matter if the church is facing problems or celebrating milestones; the bible urges us to give thanks to Whom we bestow all blessings at all times. Thankfulness opens up a stream of wonders and delight and draws us closer to God.

2.      Reconciliation

Reconciliation should be a central theme in church prayers. Sin can alienate the church from God preventing it from witnessing the omnipotent nature of the Almighty. Jesus’ prayer for peace in his sermon on the mount shows that reconciliation lies at the epicenter of Christ’s ministry here on earth. In Ephesians 2:14, it is succinct that the role of the church is to pray to break the walls of division among people of all backgrounds through prayer. Paul teaches the church of Corinth to pray for reconciliation among themselves and, most importantly to God. Pray to Creator to give your church an understanding of what it means to be reconciled to God. Reconciliation is the way you can comprehend your problems, forge up solutions and fulfill the purpose of the church on earth.

3.      Church Growth

Churches are required to trust in God to work miracles in and through their growth. Church leaders and followers are urged by God through the Scriptures to build and expand the church, making disciples in every people, tribe, and nation. This is a huge task which no single follower, pastor or church leader can accomplish alone. But with the help of the Almighty through prayers, church growth becomes easier. Christians are required to invoke God’s guidance through constant prayer to enable both the physical and spiritual growth of the church.

4.      A Prayer for Grace

The Scriptures tell us that if we ask anything from God, through His will and faithfulness, we shall be given what we seek. Grace is the foundation of a church. It is the fuel that enables churches to put on the armor of light and shine Jesus’ kindness and love to the world. In 2nd Cor 12:8, we are told that God’s grace is sufficient for all of us for His power shows during our darkest moments. A prayer for grace enables the church to grow up in Christ resulting in lifelong spiritual maturity. With grace, the church can sail through storms, withstand trials and temptations and witness the fruits of proclaiming the purpose of Christ for the world.

5.      Church Generosity

Most verses in the bible about money emphasize on the importance of sharing the little we have with the needy. Generosity is one of the primary obligations of the modern church, where most churches lay down frameworks for charity or crowdfunding to raise money to assist the needy in the society. Praying for generosity allows the church to show God’s limitless and never-ending ability to bless those who give generously. A prayer for generosity involves asking God to bless others through us (the church). Generosity is not just tied to material things – it also involves sharing the fruits of the Holy Spirit and extending grace and mercy to the world.

6.      Prayer for Church Leadership

Praying for God to bless and provide knowledge and resources to the church leadership is fundamental. From the time of Paul, successful churches have always relied on prayer to give wisdom to their leaders. When three enemy armies surrounded King Jehoshaphat, he did not know what to do but pray to God. Praying for church leadership will enable them to break obstacles in their most difficult times. In prayer, we draw church leaders into deeper dependence upon God allowing them to walk a life worthy of their calling.

7.      Church Unity

Divisions in the church can arise because of differences in culture, political ideologies, or socioeconomics. Paul noticed that the Church of Ephesus was about to divide because of disagreements between the members. He then wrote from prison reminding them of the need for unity in the church. When organizing a prayer week or planning for a church service, keep in mind that prayer for unity is the pillar for success. Prayers for unity bring church members, leaders and partners together, enabling them to work in harmony to fulfill God’s will for the church.

8.      A Prayer for Peace

Peace in the church is a status of the inner joy, tranquility, and comfort where members and leaders coexist in harmony. A prayer for peace can help your church to resolve conflicts where every party gets satisfied. The Bible urges us to face conflicts in the church head-on and use the power of prayer to invite peace among the conflicting parties. Prayers enable us to seek personal peace with God through Christ creating an inner sense of calmness and well-being.

9.      Forgiveness

Prayer allows us to seek restoration and healing for the church. Whether you are seeking forgiveness for your own sins or asking God to forgive others, forgiveness is a powerful fruit of the Holy Spirit. It frees the church from past wrongdoings and prepares them for the future. Our shortcomings as human beings can anger God in ways we may not understand. That is why we are reminded to seek forgiveness for the sins we know and those we don’t know. A prayer for forgiveness gives the church new hope and beginning.

When God’s house on the earth is a house of prayer, then heaven is busy in its plans for the church. A church that prays is encircled with protection and peace of Christ. It is shielded from its enemies by supernatural powers of God.

How to Lead Church Prayers

While you can quickly assume that pastors or church leaders have a mandate of discipling the church towards prayer, any Christian can lead church prayer. There is one caveat, though. Some biblical lessons teach that God may not answer your prayer if you are asking for the wrong things, or asking for wrong reasons, or if you lack faith and have not asked for forgiveness. You need to ensure that the person leading your church in prayers is spiritually mature and can ask the right things for the right reasons.

If you are planning a prayer meeting or a prayer week in your church, here are some of the tips that can help you have a fruitful prayer session.

  • Have a specific theme. Whether you want to seek forgiveness, pray for church members, or ask God to help strengthen the growth of the church, you need a well-thought theme that will drive your prayers.
  • Is it an invitation-only or an open prayer meeting? Church leader groups, women groups, or any other group in the church might want to engage in prayers. Organize everything to suit the needs of the group
  • Consider the number of the congregation. If you are organizing a prayer meeting for the whole church, senior church leaders and pastors should be given the role to lead the church in prayers. You also have to inform your members early that you’ll be having a prayer meeting.
  • Define the length of the prayer session. Congregants need to know how long a prayer will go on.
  • Get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Some topics or sessions can be uncomfortable for some of the people. But that is the essence of prayer – to bring to God issues bothering us and ask for His grace and assistance in resolving the issues.
  • Write down your prayers. If you have the prayer leader, you might want to write down your prayer to enable you to stay on the rails even as other congregants veer off from the main prayer theme.

Leading people in prayer is a humbling role that requires you to plan well. You need to be dynamic so as to accommodate other prayer items that can pop up during prayer meetings. Praying and worshipping go hand in hand together. You can make your sessions more engaging by including praise and worship sessions. Encourage your church to pray by carrying out occasional all-church prayer meetings.

Prayer Items for Your Church

Sometimes, you don’t know what to include in your prayer or where to start and stop. When engaging in all-church prayer, some members of the prayer team may go off-topic. So, what prayer items should you consider in your church prayers? Paul prays for the church of Thessalonica, Rome, Ephesus, and Colossae where he considers the needs and problems of these churches in his prayers.

Most churches structure their prayer calendar in such a manner that the prayer items coincide with the theme of the week. If your theme for the week is spiritual growth, then your prayer items should center on aspects regarding spirituality.

In the church, we may have a few prayer warriors, but many church members lack the biblical vision and discipline to commit themselves to intercessions, and supplication. Prayer is communication with God, believing and receiving what He has given to us through Christ. Proper connection with the Almighty implies understanding how God receives and responds to prayers.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when suggesting prayer items for your church:

  • Is the prayer item relevant to the congregation?
  • How does the item address the church’s intimate relationship with God?
  • Does the prayer harmonize with God’s will for the church?

Like praying for yourself, you need to be steadfast and persistent when praying for the church. If Christians fail to pray for the church, the Bible tells us that we may not realize the true power of God. During church prayers, let us remember to include the prayers we discussed earlier to build our spiritual authority with Christ.

Sermon on Giving

Sermon On Giving: 12 Essential Sermons on Giving

By | Bible Verses, Clarify the WHY

For spiritual leaders, speaking about giving is often uncomfortable. But then, the Bible commands us to teach people about giving and generosity. One member of our local church asked me after service on giving; “don’t you think the church is asking much of us?” I was unmoved or dumbstruck contrary to what you might think. These are typical questions some believers contemplate about before making their contributions.

Deuteronomy 15:10 says, “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD, your God will bless you in everything you do.” That's the essence of giving. The society is not perfect, and we have people who need our help in one way or the other. Giving must not be only material. We can help our friends emotionally or by giving them meaningful advice.

I told her that giving is a virtue. It is innate and spiritual desire to assist. It’s more of spiritual maturity than proffering gifts to the church. As a pastor, church administrator or member of a church, here are the 12 sermons on giving that can help cultivate the art of giving.

1. Giving is Giving to God

Pastor: Sid Litke of the Open Door Bible Church in Port Washington.

Scripture: Leviticus 27:30

Litke starts by presenting a humorous story about pastors avoiding sermons on giving. In “Connecting to God through Giving,” we learn that pastors and spiritual leaders ought to change the way they communicate stewardship to the congregation. Giving is giving to God, and it replicates God’s, unconditional love.

Litke in the sermon teaches that giving is discipleship. It is a generous act essential in preaching, evangelizing and stewardship. This sermon is part of a series on “Biblical Financial Stewardship.” The series is monumental for everyone that wants to learn more about the church concerning finances.

The sermon teaches that God Himself is a giver and generous. Christians, as stewards of the gospel and light for those in darkness, should lead by example. The sermon shows that giving draws us closer to God. It allows givers to know God better. Giving enables Christians to trust God through their acts of generosity.

2. Ways Christians Can Give and Motivations towards Giving

Pastor: Mark Adams of Church of Christ

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:1

Adams insightfully connects the power of giving to spiritual growth on his sermon on giving. In this sermon, we get to realize simple biblical truths about money. Adam explains that God is the giver and landlord of everything. All that we own is a result of gracious gifts from God. Our mandate is to act as stewards and managers of God’s resources. Adams uses several exemplifications to highlight reasons why Christians should give.

The sermon stresses about giving anonymously and cheerfully. Adams illustrates why getting involved in the use of donations encourage giving. The preacher weaves thoughts on New and Old Testaments to highlight the consistency of God’s message in regard to giving.

You might find this sermon very useful if you want to encourage people to give to God.

3. Giving Your First and Best

Pastor: Todd Wilson of Calvary Memorial

Scripture: PROVERBS 3:9-10

You might be attending church or be in a small group of fellowship. You might be a pastor, an evangelist or Christ’s disciple. But are you giving God your best? Wilson tackles this question by teaching that we are in this world for the Father’s business. The pastor mentions how it is always uneasy for him to preach about giving.

You can eliminate queasiness and trepidation coming with administering sermons by listening to this sermon. Todd Wilson explains why giving the first, and the best, delights God. Like Litke, he reveals that the best way to come close to God is through giving.

God Himself gave his first and best – Jesus Christ. For us to shine the way, we need to give like God. Wilson explains that it’s the way to strengthen our faith and trust in God.

4. Giving: A Matter of the Heart

Pastor: Sduduzo Blose of Sandton Adventist Church

Scripture: Mark 12:38-44

Blose captures what I believe as the most sensitive topic on giving. On his sermon, he explains why giving in large amounts may be meaningless if it’s not from the heart. Giving is a matter of the heart but not wealth. Jesus says in Mark 12:44,”… but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Blose’s sermon answers critical questions about giving. He highlights who should give and for what purpose. He answers the question, how should we give and to whom? Pastor Blose approaches the topic through the lenses of spirituality. Blose dissects the meaning of “heart” in relation to the treasures in heaven.

The sermon teaches that unless we explain the essence of giving as a matter of heart, we are bound to delivering sermons on giving the wrong way.

5. Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Pastor: David O’Neil of Time Square Church

Scripture: Mathew 6:21

“My right hand shouldn’t know what my left hand is giving.” O’Neil uses this phrase in his sermon to illustrate the crux of generous giving. He explains that God is not interested in the amount you offer but what is in the heart. By giving, Christians proclaim that God is a giver. Through assisting the poor, we are providing tangible evidence of the true nature of God.

This sermon can be a great addition to your preparation for the next sermon. It highlights the scriptures of Paul and those in the Old Testament teaching about giving. O’Neil likens offerings to thanksgiving to God.

What is money as compared to eternal life? O’Neill tries to explain that we give out of appreciation. That giving is not about the 10 percent. It’s about the heart. It’s about gratitude. The bottom line is Christians can build their confidence, trust and faith by offering to God.

6. The Offering

Pastor: Victor D. Pentz of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4

Navigating through the topic of offering, Pentz outlines the reasons for making offerings. In response to how much we should give, Pentz ties our standards of living to the standards of making offerings.

Pentz notes that offerings:

·        Enable Christians to participate in the work of God

·        Are ways of worshipping God

·        Create a deeper connection to God

·        Are our expressions of gratitude

·        Are our investment plans for eternity

The preacher presents the topic of giving by using real-life examples and biblical excerpts. He integrates human thinking and biblical explanations to assert the importance of offerings. The sermon is essential for everyone that wants to enrich his knowledge on offerings.

7. The Laws of Giving & Receiving – The Power of The Seed

Pastor: David D. Ireland of Church of Christ, USA

Scripture: Luke 6:38

The law of reciprocity works in nearly every sphere of life. Ireland emphasizes that when we give, it shall be given unto us. He terms this as one of the most fundamental of God’s laws. The law of giving and receiving is essential as an impetus for giving.

The preacher attests that some pastors and ministers can misinterpret the scripture regarding this law. The sermon is exciting and insightful, forging up a new dimension to the purpose of giving. Ireland describes how the law of reciprocity works – far from literal as you might think.

Some of us are cheapening this law by only relating it to material giving. Listen to Ireland’s sermon, and you’ll gain invaluable insights about the law of giving and receiving.

8. Am I Generous?

Pastor: Robert Morris

Scripture: John 12

Morris encourages believers to give without second thoughts. This sermon relates generosity to Godly works. Morris challenges listeners by asserting that if they are not giving, then they are selfish. He uses illustrations and quotes from the scripture to enable listeners answer, the question; “Am I generous?”

Morris also talks about extravagance in giving and the rewards of generosity. God rewards generosity. He reveres those with generous hearts. You can sift through this sermon on generosity to learn about the three levels of giving – offerings, tithes and extravagant offerings.

9. Will Man Rob God?

Pastor: Mark Driscoll of the Trinity Church

Scripture: Malachi 3:6-18

Well, if you want to know if you’ve ever taken something from God, watch Driscoll’s Sermon on ways a man can rob God. Driscoll is straightforward and comes with thought-provoking themes from the bible regarding offerings. He rivets through the scripture to discuss Malachi’s promise.

Malachi explains that if we fail to meet offering obligations, we deny ourselves blessings and promises from God. We are opening our hearts to heavens when we tithe and give.

When we don’t obey the commandments and fail to tithe, we rob God. We also rob ourselves the fruits that come with giving. You can get more by listening to Driscoll’s sermon on how we rob God.

10. What Are The Benefits Of Giving?

Pastor: Ander Henderson

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:7

What do we gain by giving? Does the law of reciprocity hold for everyone? Pastor Dre answers these questions in his sermon on the benefits of giving. Giving tithes in the church is one of the ways that God tests our faith. Again, it draws us closer to God and attracts blessings from the heavens.

Pastor Dre acknowledges that spiritual leaders face challenges in presenting sermons on giving. When we understand the benefits givers receive, it becomes easy to prepare our sermons. Dre uses a series of scriptures to tell out the spiritual aspect of giving. He reiterates giving is a virtue, a personal relationship with God and a matter of the heart.

11. How Giving Makes You Joyful

Pastor: Gary Hardin

Scripture: Philippians 4:10-20

As we give, abundance follows us. Hardin explains this in the sermon how giving makes us joyful. He uses describes how Christians can experience joy when the lead of a life of liberal financial giving.

Helping others and focusing our attention to the needy gives us peace and joy. Hardin harps on Paul’s teachings that sufficiency is in Christ and not material things. He furthers the lessons of contentment and its role in achieving spiritual maturity.

We become partners in the ministry of God when we give. We grow our faith and strengthen our personal relationship with God. Read through Hardin’s sermon to have a clear picture of how simple acts of giving can bring joy.

12. Faith, Financials and Formula

Pastor: TD Jakes of the Potter's House of Dallas

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

On this sermon, Jakes asks, “Where art thou?” Jake is asking about the spiritual position of Christians in regard to giving. He explains that you can unhook yourself from the past through offerings and tithing.

“Every day that you wake up without a plan, you lose that day.” In this statement, Jakes relates “lose” to the spiritual loss we experience by not being generous. TD Jakes explains how to trust God in finances and everything. He talks about first fruits and putting God first in everything.

 

Short Bible Verses

Short Bible Verses

By | Bible Verses, Resources

Sometimes you need words of comfort yet it can be difficult to recall a longer Bible verse. If you want to have the words of God when you need them and be able to remember a whole verse, here are some short Bible verses that are not only relevant but easier to recall. And with a shorter verse, it is always easier to share on social media if you are looking to spread a little inspiration.

Love and Inspiration

Many verses in the Bible speak of love and many of those give us inspiration. These shorter Bible verses pack a powerful punch with few words.

One of the most memorable quotes from the Bible is John 3:16. It is easy to remember, yet it has a powerful message.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Another short verse that is quite inspirational is this one found in 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Let all that you do be done in love.

Both of these messages focus on love and can be applied to many situations in life and to provide comfort.

Having Strength

It is when we need it most that strength has a way of being the one thing we need in times of strife. These Bible verses focus on having that strength and are spoken with few words, but plenty of powerful motivation.

Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Deuteronomy 20:4 

For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.

Of course, one of the most well-known quotes in the Bible is this one, and it has the ability to bring peace, no matter what date in time it is.

Psalm 23:4 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Having Faith

Faith is not always easy to come by but it is what we believe and trust. These Bible verses on faith can be a great comfort when you need it the most.

2 Corinthians 5:7 

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

1 Peter 1:8-9 

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

This one will give you strength when you are surrounded by those that cannot seem to believe in what you have faith in.

Hebrews 11:6 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Find Your Favorites

These are just samples of what the Bible offers in comforting verses that are easy to remember. Hopefully find your favorites among these or through your own reading of the Bible. There are so many that apply to our everyday situations and those will give us the hope, strength, and comfort we need.

20 QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK TO KNOW YOUR CHURCH'S HEALTH 
IS YOUR CHURCH "SICK"? FIND OUT IN 2 MINUTES.

WAY TO GO!

YOUR CHECKLIST IS ON THE WAY

} }); });