Priming the Pump to Pray for Your Church – Acts 24-26

Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagi...

Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Pray that someone you know would be confronted with the reality of the resurrected Christ and that Jesus would change the whole direction of his/her life.
  • Pray that we would become a church who daily repents and turns to God and performs deeds in keeping with repentance – honesty, integrity, purity, generosity, hospitality, etc.
  • Pray that we might see radical transformation of lives in our church and community: A change from darkness to light, from death to life, a change from spiritual complacency to spiritual fervor and love for Christ.
  • Pray about how the Lord might be calling you to testify to Jesus Christ. Pray that He would give all of us opportunities to share our testimony.
  • Pray for the Lord to give our missionaries opportunities and divine appointments to testify to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the Lord’s will to be done in the upcoming elections in our country.
  • Pray that we would live as good citizens in our community and that we would treat our neighbors with both humility and hope.

We treat them with humility because the gospel tells us we are saved by grace alone–thus our non-believing neighbors may have moral sense and wisdom that we do not have. We should expect to learn from them. The gospel of grace leads us to look at “unsaved” people witht this kind of respect, while a religion of works would not do so. We treat them with hope because the gospel tells us that our salvation is a miracle. We were not saved because we were so wise and rational and spiritually open. Therefore we can have hope for anyone–even the most closed and seemingly alienated from Christ. So if we treat all around us with respect and hope, and if we involve ourselves in the human community, not just the Christian community–then we will turn away the charge that Christians are not good citizens. 

– From Redeemer Church’s Fellowship Manual on Acts.

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