15 Powerful Prayers for the Church

Let us use these prayers for the church to lift one another up and to guide our church leaders in His direction.

We are the church, and we know that we are less than perfect, so praying for our church, each other, and all believers should be one of our top priorities. Serving the church is good and admirable, but praying for the church should never be missing in our lives.

Prayers for the Church

What is the Importance of Prayers for the Church?

Praying is a crucial part of the Christian life. It only follows that we should pray for our local churches and churches in general for several reasons. God heads the church, but it is composed of faithful men and women. We must protect the church from the Enemy through prayer.

Although we are committed to the church and its growth, we should still pray for the church to ensure that we follow God’s will. We can have all the grandest plans and programs, but if we do not dedicate them to God and if they are not aligned with His will, it will be all for nothing.

Praying for the local church is crucial because it is our duty as Christians and a way to keep unity and peace within the church family. We should also express our gratitude and praise to God for how He works in our church. We can also ask God to help us make sure that we are using our spiritual gifts in the best way to help the church grow.

What Does the Bible Say about Prayers for the Church?

As Christians, we must keep a healthy and regular prayer life. We have been reminded again and again by Jesus and the early fathers about the importance of constant prayer. Jesus Himself prayed for His followers. Paul prayed for the many churches he ministered to.

Our prayers do not have to be popular prayers or elaborate ones. What is important is what is in our hearts. We pray for the things that are important to us. We should also pray for the church to make sure that we can avoid all the mistakes the early churches have made and make sure that we are walking on the path God has planned for us.

Things to Pray for the Church

Prayers for the church anniversary

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalms 100:5)

Prayer 1: Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father,

We come to you as a church with overflowing joy and thanksgiving in our hearts. We know that we will not make it this far without your grace and the Holy Spirit. With that, we thank you for your guidance and mercy.

We are grateful to you, o God, for blessing us with all the fullness in all aspects of our church. We pray that we continue to be pleasing in your eyes. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer 2: Guidance

Lord Jesus,

We are grateful to you for helping us reach an important milestone in the life of our church. Our hearts are full of joy. We pray for your guidance and wisdom in the coming year. Also, we want to live as a church in a manner worthy to be called your children

We know, Father, that we will be lost without you, and our grandest plans would be in vain. We ask that you continue to open our hearts and minds to your message and enable us to be a part of the execution of your will here on earth. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Prayers for the church leaders

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)

Prayer 1: Spiritual Wisdom

Our Lord Jesus Christ,

You are the head of the church and have chosen worthy people to lead the whole church body. We pray for them today and we know that teaching the church is not simple or easy. We pray that You give spiritual wisdom to those You have chosen to lead us. 

May they always walk in the Gospel and your truth. May they serve with all faithfulness and wisdom. We pray in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.

Prayers for the Church

Prayer 2: Ministry

Dear gracious God,

We pray for our leaders. We pray for all aspects of their lives. May you give them peace, wisdom, and strength to lead your people. May they be faithful to you and their ministry. Also, may your word be evident in their lives so that they may serve as examples and inspirations to many believers. Bless them and their families, Father. May they find support in you and us. We pray in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayers for the unity of the church

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)

Prayer 1: Humility

Loving Father,

You have called us your children, and we are one body. We pray that you let love and humility dominate our hearts so we can be of one mind and soul. Through our unity, we can readily obey your will, o Lord. May our humility and unity bring you glory. In your name, Amen.

Prayer 2: Love

God of Love,

We come to you today, praying that you fill our hearts with love for you and another. Cultivate our hearts, Lord, so that that love can blossom. The whole world will know that we are your disciples through our love. May your spirit of love be greater than anything in our lives so we can live in love and unity with our brothers and sisters. We pray in your mighty name, Amen.

Prayers for church growth

“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Prayer 1: God’s Will

Our Father,

We know that you want us to grow. You want us to be better, stronger, and wiser each day. But we also know that growth can be harmful when it is against your will. We pray for your church, its development, and immeasurable greatness in your name. 

We know that everything is possible for you. Guide us to your will and give us the honor of being a part of the spread of your Kingdom here in the world. We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer 2: Providence

Heavenly Father,

We come into your presence, making supplication. We pray that You give us endless opportunities to grow as a church and that we never let them pass us by. Father, with growth, comes obligations. Please help us be wise and responsible in meeting the new needs of the church. May we use our resources in the best way that can benefit the church. We pray for the abundance of blessings in our church. In your name, Amen.

Prayers for church evangelism

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Prayer 1: Gospel

Our Father in Heaven,

We know that your love surpasses knowledge and understanding. And because of that, we want to share it with others. We pray for the world to hear your word and turn back from their wicked ways. May you find us carrying our cross daily in obedience to you. Please open the hearts and minds of the world to receive the Gospel and your salvation. In the mighty name of our God, Amen.

Prayer 2: Courage

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

We know that our ministry does not end in the local church. We pray for courage in proclaiming the Gospel to the world. It can be daunting at times, but we know that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our way. 

We want to share what we learn from the Bible in our quiet time and Bible study but fear sometimes grips us. Give us the courage to keep proclaiming God’s word. Please help us share our faith. In the mighty name of Christ, Amen.

Prayers for the persecuted church

“And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Prayer 1: Strength

God of Mercy,

We come to you today with heavy but hopeful hearts. Christians all over the world are suffering because of their faith. Please help us, Lord. Please enable your children. We pray for peace and strength in these times. Revive the hope in our lives, Lord. Strengthen us and strengthen our faith. We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer 2: God’s Grace

Prince of Peace,

We pray for grace and hope. We know that you are the Prince of peace, but the peace in our lives is threatened by persecution. Remind us, Lord, that they persecute us because they do not fully understand and know You. Help us forgive and love instead. We pray for those that persecute us. May the Gospel reach their hearts so that they may walk in your word. May our perseverance and faithfulness bring you glory.

Prayers for the church to be a light of the world

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Prayer 1: Bearing Fruit

Almighty God,

You have called us to follow and obey you. We want our local church to be a channel of hope and life for others. We pray that our faith bears fruits that will give you glory and praise. Please help us to walk in your teachings. May our lives be the Gospel that other people need to know you. Teach us, o God, how to be channels of your salvation and love. In your mighty name, Amen.

Prayer 2: Light in Darkness

Our Father in Heaven,

You have called us the light of the world. Like the saints before us who have lived the Gospel, may our lives be instruments for the salvation of others. May we live as Christ did, humble and filled by the Holy Spirit. Let our lives be beacons of light to guide others to you, o God. We pray that you never find us lacking in our faith. We pray in your name, Amen.

Prayers for the Church

In Summary

Praying is our way of communicating with Jesus Christ, the head of the church. If the body is not communicating with the head, the whole body will perish. We should listen to God’s word and teachings so we can live in a manner worthy of His name. We can only do this by asking God for help in prayer. Let us work and pray for the whole church body and be amazed at how God works in the life of our church.

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Alex Shute
Alex Shute, MBA
Alex is a family man and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. His passion is to serve the global Church and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to learn & grow.

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