The Church needs power!
I’m writing a series of prayers for the Church, offering a prayer on a different topic each week. So far, I’ve prayed for awakening, transformational leaders, urgency, hope, health, compassion, action, and unity.
Jesus said …
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses … (Acts 1.8, CEB)
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church …
My message and my preaching weren’t presented with convincing wise words but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power. I did this so that your faith might not depend on the wisdom of people but on the power of God (1 Corinthians 2.4-5, CEB).
O God, thank you for empowering your Church to be your hands and feet in the world!
Remind us that we can do nothing without you, and that we depend on you to be who you call us to be and to do what you call us to do!
Forgive us for relying too much on ourselves and not enough on you. Help us depend on you fully!
Pour out your Spirit upon your Church. Saturate, consume, and overwhelm us with your presence!
Empower us for the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! In the words of Acts 4.29-30 (CEB), “enable your servants to speak your word with complete confidence. Stretch out your hand to bring healing and enable signs and wonders to be performed through the name of Jesus, your holy servant.”
And, may it all be done for the honor and glory of Jesus Christ! Amen.