How to Pray for Families

Families are the building blocks of society and the church. We cannot afford to sit idly by and allow Satan to destroy our families.

When Sanballat heard that Nehemiah was building the walls of Jerusalem, he was filled with great wrath and conspired to fight against him. Today when we seek to build godly homes, the enemy continually seeks to hinder. Our only hope is to follow Nehemiah’s example: “Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God and set a watch against them day and night” (Nehemiah 4:9). The determined Israelites held in one hand a tool with which to build and in the other hand a weapon to fight the enemy. Only vigilant, intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare will lead us to victory for our families. Let us take courage from Nehemiah’s advice: Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great . . . and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses . . . . our God shall fight for us” (Nehemiah 4:14, 20).

Pray for husbands to: 

1. Be spiritual leaders in their homes (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). It is difficult for a woman and children to find their proper place in the divine scheme for the family when the father is out of his place. He is designed to be the spiritual head of the family. When he fails to be the spiritual leader, his wife is unfairly forced to assume this role. Pray that the husband’s love and devotion to God and his steadfast faithfulness will set the example for his family to follow.

2. Love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Love is not a gushy feeling of the moment. Love is commitment—through the good times and bad. Pray that the husband’s love for his wife would be as pure and eternal as Christ’s love for the church. Raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Fathers teach children how to bait hooks and how to drive the family automobile. However, the greatest lesson they can teach their children is to fear the Lord and to walk humbly before Him. Pray that fathers would teach Christian principles to their children by precept and example.

Pray for wives to: 

1. Seek God and love His word supremely (Matthew 6:33). Just as diet helps to determine our physical health, what we read, watch, and listen help to determine our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Pray that the wife’s love for the Word would keep her thoughts pure and holy.

2. Be subject to their husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:24). Eve was created to be a helper suitable for Adam. Although she was not inferior to him, she was to follow his leadership. Pray that the wife would have a godly respect for her husband.

3. Teach their children to have faith in God (II Timothy 1:5). The mother is a child’s first teacher. She instills many of her values subjectively through her priorities and actions. Pray that the mother’s example of holiness and dedication would transmit her faith in God to her child.

4. Be content and not given to covetousness (Hebrews 13:5). Modern advertising and the values of a new generation have made what once was luxuries now seem necessities. In such an environment it is easy for the wife to want what the family cannot afford and put undue pressure on her husband and family. Pray that she would be thankful for the bounty that God has already provided.

Pray for children to: 

1. Become sensitive and responsive to God at an early age (I Samuel 3:1-14). Samuel’s childhood and youth show that children can be sensitive and responsive to God at an early age. Pray that they would keep their hearts attuned to God. Pray that parents would have the wisdom to recognize their children’s sensitivity and guide them.

2. Be obedient to parents (Epesians 6:1). The fifth commandment is the only one with a promise. Pray that the parents would have the wisdom to discipline their children properly (Ephesians 6:4). Pray that the children would receive the discipline as an act of love (Hebrews 12:5-8).

3. Heed their parents’ godly teaching and example (Proverbs 1:8). Although parents are still the greatest influence in a child’s life, school, media, and friends are also sources of influence. Pray that children would be more swayed by the example of their godly parents and the teachings of the Word of God than by peer pressure or worldly environment.

4. Follow Christ’s example and grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Luke wrote that Jesus was subject to Mary and Joseph and that He grew mentally (wisdom), physically (stature), spiritually (God), and socially (man). It is God’s will that our children be well-rounded individuals. Pray that they would develop in each of these areas as they grow. Families are the building blocks of society and the church. We cannot afford to sit idly by and allow Satan to destroy our families. We must be vigilant and pray for our families to be protected from evil and to be a place of safety. As Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem, so can we build walls of prayer and faith around our families. We must do it for Jesus’ sake and our own.

How to Pray for Families2015-12-28T13:59:19-06:00

How to Pray for Evangelists

Every army that fights a war must have frontline soldiers who are in the thick of battle. The same is true in spiritual warfare. In a spiritual sense, evangelists are the frontline soldiers. They are on the attack against the strongholds of Satan. They must have your prayer support to be victorious.

When you pray for evangelists, pray that:

1. They would have the mind of Christ. Pray that their heads would be covered in the day of battle with the helmet of salvation. Pray for divine protection. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee”. (Isaiah 43:2). (See Psalm 91:4-11.)

2. They would hear the voice of the Lord and see with eyes of the Spirit.

3. They would speak the Word with the power of God’s anointing (Luke 21:14-15; Ephesians 6:18; Jeremiah 1:7; Colossians 3:16, 4:3).

4. Their hearts would be pure before God. “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:4).

5. Their innermost being would flow with the Spirit. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”. (John 7:38).

6. Their strength would be increased and their health protected. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water; that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”. (Psalm 1:3). (See III John 2; Job 36:11.)

7. Their knees would bend with anointed prayer and intercession and multitudes would be saved.

8. Their hands and feet would be guided by the Holy Ghost to do the work of the kingdom of God.

9. They would be endowed with both academic and spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding”. (Proverbs 2:6). (See Proverbs 4:7; Job 32:8; James 1:5.)

10. They would have God’s abundant joy. “For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit”. (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

11. They would be used in a continual demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. (I Corinthians 2:12-13).

12. The gift of faith would operate through them. “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and work of faith with power”. (II Thessalonians 1:11).

13. They would be blessed with power over all the enemy. “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. (Luke 10:19).

14. God would bless them with divine favor and many would be saved. “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil”. (I Peter 3:12). (See Proverbs 8:34-35, 12:2.)

15. God would give them favor with all people and many doors of opportunity would be open to preach God’s truths. “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. (Acts 2:47). (See Proverbs 16:7.)

16. They would be protected against unbelief. “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me”. (Romans 15:30). (See Matthew 13:29; Mark 6:5-6; II Thessalonians 3:1.)

17. God would bless them with spiritual understanding and fruitfulness. “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel”. (Ephesians 3:4-6). (See James 3:17; Colossians 1:9-11; Philippians 1:9.)

18. Their income would always be sufficient to pay their monthly expenses and any emergency expense (Philippians 4:19).

19. Their income would always permit them to minister to congregations with very limited funds (Philippians 4:19).

20. Their home or travel trailer would be blessed.

21. Their vehicles would be blessed.

22. They would always have adequate clothing, shelter, household supplies, and food.

23. They would have the tools necessary to minister.

How to Pray for Evangelists2015-12-28T13:57:05-06:00

Praying for Your Pastor

Praying for Your Pastor

SUNDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS PREACHER-TEACHER

“Pray for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel.” Ephesians 6:19

  • Pray that Christ may be lifted up through him
  • Pray that he may experience the anointing of the Spirit in his preaching.
  • Pray that needs may be met, hearts blessed and lives changed, through the preaching of the word.

 

MONDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS SERVANT LEADER-ADMINISTRATOR

“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil, for who can govern this your great people?” I Kings 3:9

  • Pray that he may lead his staff with the direction and sensitivity that only the Holy Spirit can offer.
  • that he may offer guidance to the Overseers (Elders) and lay leadership that may bring unity and shared vision.

 

TUESDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS A PERSON

“Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.  He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-11

  • Pray for his Sabbath this day and rest in the Lord.
  • Pray for him as part of his family . . . a husband, a father, a son . . . that those cherished times in his home shall be a blessing to his soul and to the souls of his loved ones.
  • Pray that things of earth will not overtake his spirit with preoccupation and misplaced priorities.

 

WEDNESDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS A PASTOR

“I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15

  • Pray that the Holy Spirit may be the Comforter of souls through His servant as he counsels the troubled, visits the sick in homes and hospitals, and exhibits the love of Christ in his daily acts of ministry.
  • Pray that, as Pastor to his staff, he may emulate the strength and compassion of the Good Shepherd.

 

THURSDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS PROPHET

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2

  • Pray that as he prepares his sermons, only the Word of the Lord may be revealed.
  • Pray that the emerging vision God has for His people may be revealed and clearly interpreted through His servant.

 

FRIDAYI PRAY FOR HIM AS EVANGELIST

“ . . . How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”  Romans 10:15

  • Pray for him as he wins souls to Christ and as he teaches others to win souls to Christ.
  • Pray that doors of opportunity for witness may be continually opening to him.

 

SATURDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, that you may b able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12

  • Pray that he may continue to discover new depths of understanding as a student of the Word.
  • Pray that he may ever find a consistent balance between the Word and the deed as he follows Jesus.
  • Pray that a wall of protection of the Holy Spirit may keep him safe from the devices of Satan.

 

Praying for Your Pastor2015-12-21T18:28:20-06:00

Praying for Church Staff

Praying for Church Staff

The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. 

How can I pray for our staff during the week?

Sunday: Rest and strength Psalm 23
Monday: Intimacy with God 2 Corinthians 13:14
Tuesday: Family Ephesians 4:32
Wednesday: Ministry effectiveness Ephesians 4:11-13
Thursday: Obedience to God Luke 9:23-24
Friday: Leadership Romans 12:6-8
Saturday: Wisdom James 1:5

How can I pray for our church?

  • That people would sense the glory of God
  • That we would follow the Word of God
  • That we would be united in the love of God
  • That we would go forth in the mission of God
  • That we would experience the joy of God

How can I pray during the service?

  • Pray for believers to experience true worship.
  • Pray for an outpouring of God’s glory in His church as people acknowledge Him, not only with their lips but also with their lives.
  • Ask God for a spirit of worship to manifest itself in our church.
  • Pray for revival in our church and in our land.
  • Pray that believers will know, accept, and obey the Word of God.
  • Pray that God’s Word would be preached continually in our church.
  • Pray for spiritual understanding and discernment among the people.
  • Ask God for grace to be obedient to His Word.
  • Pray for unity in the church.
  • Pray for humility among the church’s leaders and body of believers.
  • Pray that a spirit of humility and repentance will rise up among all believers.
  • Ask to break down walls of pride in our lives
  • Pray for souls to be won to Christ.
  • Ask God to give our church a vision for reaching the lost.
  • Pray for laborers for the harvest – for believers who will consistently share their faith.
  • Pray that we would reach out to the lost in our community.
  • Pray for joy in the hearts and lives of believers.
  • Ask God to reveal our church’s potential to our leaders and the people.
  • Ask God to bring joy to our leaders and the people of the church as we walk in obedience to Him.

The man who mobilizes the church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelism in history. – Andrew Murray

Praying for Church Staff2015-12-30T09:06:13-06:00
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