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The number one mission of Satan is to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ.
But the word of God declares: ‘… I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ (Matthew 16:18) This is true! Yet one way to join forces with the Lord for the keeping, preservation and safety of the church is to pray. History has taught the church that if she doesn’t pray, stand firm for the word of God, boldly declare her faith and resist the devil with all boldness, Satan may silence and prevail against it locally even though not globally.
That’s why you and I (the individual member of the body of Christ) should pray for the church. So, this post is list of intercessory prayer points for the church that will give you a head start as you stand in the place of prayer for the church. They are bible based and will most always receive the attention of heaven.
Prayer For The Church With Bible Verses
For purposes of simplicity, we would have to break this intercessory prayer for the church into several sub titles so you will be able to relate with them. In a broader sense, these prayers are intercessory prayer points for the church and warfare prayer points for the church. They serve both purposes.
1. Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lord Jesus, your word declares that you will build your church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Thank you for your word; it is true, I believe it. I declare that Satan and hell cannot prevail against the church now and never. Amen!
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
2. Prayer For Revival and Mercy
Oh Lord, remember the sacrifice of the blood of Christ and have mercy upon your church. Send revival; let the fire of the Holy Spirit be rekindled again in the church in power, in praise and living testimony. Anoint us afresh with your Spirit Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ.
” Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2, NIV)
3. Prayer For Direction and Guidance
Lord, we pray for a new direction and renewed vision for the church; show us the way to go and the things to do at this moment of time, in the name of Jesus.
“And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.” (Jeremiah 42:2)
4. Prayer For Gospel Workers
Father, I pray that you thrust out able, Holy Spirit filled and empowered laborers into the vast harvest fields of the world and let it result in bountiful harvest of souls into the kingdom, in the name of Jesus.
“Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)
5. Prayer For God’s Will On Earth
Oh Lord, Jesus brought your kingdom to earth and established it by His blood, now Lord, we pray that your will be done on earth, in every nation and tribe, in Jesus name. Let your word have free course among all tongues and the nations, let the church stand and stay strong; formidable and growing, in the name of the Lord Jesus.
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
6. Prayer For Boldness And Miracles
Lord, we pray like the Apostles of old; fill us with boldness to always proclaim your word. And let miracles of healing, signs and wonders confirm your word preached, in the name of Jesus Christ.
“And now, Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30)
7. Prayer For Strength And God’s Fullness
Father, I pray for every member of the body of Christ in all nations of the earth; that they may be strengthened with might by your spirit in the inner man. I ask Lord that we all come to fullness in you, in love, faith and in knowledge, in Jesus name.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)
8. Prayer To Live Worthy Lives
Lord, count us worthy of the grace of Christ, perform all your good pleasure through us all, in Jesus name. Let your grace and peace be multiplied upon the church, in Jesus name!
“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
9. Prayer For Revelation
Father, I pray for revelation of scriptures and the opening of our spiritual understanding, that every member of the church of Jesus Christ may come to know their place in you, and the inheritances you have freely given us in Christ, in Jesus name.
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:18)
10. Prayer For Unity
Lord, I pray for unity, peace and oneness among believers of all denominations and race in every nation. Help us to see our oneness on the cross of Christ, in Jesus name.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
11. Prayer To Know God’s Will
Lord, fill the church corporate and individual with the exact knowledge of your will at this time, so we may be strong and fruitful in your service, in Jesus name.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” (Colossians 1:9)
12. Prayer For Love And Fruitfulness
Father, I pray that you fill each believer in Christ with divine love for one another; fill us with the fruits of love and fill us with the fruits of righteousness, in Jesus name.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
13. Prayer For Spiritual Hunger
Oh Lord, ignite in the church a passion for the word, a love for the truth of your holy word and also for the true power of the Spirit, in Jesus name.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
Thank you Lord for answer to prayer, in Jesus name. Amen!
Now, you are equipped with prayer points for the church plus accurate bible verses for each of the intercessory prayer points for the church to help drive home the points. We believe when these prayer points for the church are prayed with faith, humility and most importantly in the spirit, so much will be accomplished.
Remember, the Lord is depending on you to have His plan and purposes accomplished on the earth, (you are His body – Ephesians 5:30) and prayer is one way to birthing God’s agenda on earth. The problem is that, not many people pray correctly (James 4:3) as such the prayers are not effective.
But for you and I who are armed with these prayer points for the church and with bible verses to go, you are sure going to hit it right. And don’t forget that ‘the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person makes tremendous power available.’ (James 5:17). You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus; you can pray prayers that produce power. Let’s make power available for the church by praying these intercessory prayer points for the church.
Let God use you!
PS: Unless otherwise stated all scriptural quotations in this post are taken from the Authorised King James Version. And all scriptural quotations tagged NIV are taken online from the New International Version 2011, published by Biblica.