How to Pray for Your Church Right Now

“Are you OK?” An extroverted church friend asked this of my fellow extroverted husband during the pandemic. “I just miss seeing people and hugging them! I can’t wait for this to be over.”

After a year of online church or limited activities, churches across the country where I live are starting to open up more to a cautious but more “normal” schedule of events and ministries. But not everyone is returning. Barna Research estimates that one in three practicing Christians stopped attending church altogether during the pandemic, neither attending online or in-person. And it has been a difficult year for people to navigate. For many, it has been discouraging and filled with distance, loss, and frustration.

As many churches face less resources and fewer people, how can we pray for our churches? Here are a few verses you can pray for your church. I have adapted them so you can fill in the name of your church into the verse (similar to Moms in Prayer.)

Pray that your church would be the hands and feet of Jesus. From Ephesians 2:10 ESV

For we of _______________________ are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Pray that your church will be faithful to fulfill God’s purpose. From Philippians 1:6 ESV

May God who began a good work in _______________________ bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Pray that your church would be unified in Christ. From Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV

I urge you to walk at _______________________ 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. 

Bonus church prayer for your pastor:

 My pastor (who is also my husband) cherishes the prayers of others as great gifts. He often prays from Psalm 19:14 NASB before he preaches a message. Fill in your pastor’s name. 

May the words of __________’s mouth and the meditation of _____________’s  heart Be acceptable in Your sight, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Remain faithful in praying for your church. But also be open to being an answer to those prayers! God changes hearts through prayer, and it might be your own heart!

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