Prayers for the Church: Hope

The church needs hope!

Each week, I’m posting a prayer for the Church. So far, I’ve prayed for awakening, transformational leaders, and urgency.

The Church also needs hope.

We have hope through Jesus Christ. We have the hope of being rescued from sin and spending eternity with Christ.

The Church is the messenger of hope. We have the unique and awesome task of engaging the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Bill Hybels often says, “The local church is the hope of the world.” As people who have received hope through Jesus Christ, we are a voice of hope in the world. Once we are rescued, we become part of God’s rescue mission to save the world!

O God, thank you for the hope we have in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Our hope is in You, God, who alone builds and sustains the Church!

Thank you for entrusting us with the message of hope, and for making us a voice of hope in the world. Help us to be good stewards of this hope.

Fill every follower of Jesus with hope. Help us to know our best days are ahead, that our labor is never in vain, and that you are using us to bear much fruit for your kingdom!

When we wander through barren lands, help us to be patient so we never lose hope. And, help us to be persistent as we engage in the ongoing, and often slow going, work of transformation and revitalization.

Thank you, Lord, for rescuing us. Now, please use us to rescue others. You are our hope, O God, and you alone are the hope of the world!

Amen.

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