Nicholas, Pete & Thorne, Helen
We long for God to be working in our church fellowship, and we know we're meant to be praying for our church. But often when it comes to it, we don't quite know what to ask for. Or we feel our requests to God are shallow, repetitive and stuck in a rut.
That's where this little book is designed to help. It will equip you to pray powerful prayers for your church family—prayers that really change things, because they're based on God's word.
Each spread takes a passage of Scripture and suggests 5 things to pray for an aspect of church life. Because when we pray in line with God's priorities as found in his word, our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5 v 16)—and that's a truly thrilling prospect.
Use this book in any number of ways: work through it as part of your daily quiet time, or pick it up whenever someone you know is in particular need of prayer.
Praying that my church would...
1. Remember what we are
2. Be a body growing in maturity
3. Be devoted to one another
4. Love and serve one another
5. Hold to the truth
6. Make known God’s glory
7. Give generously
Praying that I would...
8. Use my gifts well
9. Persevere when I get weary
10. Be who my family need me to be
Praying for people in my church
11. A church leader
12. My small group
13. Children’s work
14. The youth work
16. Mercy ministries
17. The elderly
Praying for the universal church
18. Another church in our area
19. Our mission partner
20. The global church
21. The unreached
Rachel Jones is the author of Is This It? and the award-winning Five Things to Pray series, and an editor at The Good Book Company. She leads Bible studies for young adults and helps teach kids at her church, Chessington Evangelical Church, in Surrey, UK. Rachel studied History at Manchester University before joining TGBC.
"The Puritan William Gurnall once said: ‘Prayer is nothing but the promise reversed or God’s word turned inside out and formed into an argument and retorted back again upon God by faith.’ It sounds great. But what does it look like in practice? 5 Things to Pray for the People You Love and 5 Things to Pray for Your Church answer that question. They’ll walk you through using God’s word in prayer. And praying God’s word is my number one tip to help people invigorate their prayer life. So read these books and invigorate your prayers." - Tim Chester, Pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and author of You Can Pray (IVP)