I am beginning a series of posts, praying for the Church. Once a week, for a while, I plan to offer a prayer for the Church, each focused on a specific area. First up is awakening.
O God, thank you for your Church, your hands and feet. Thank you for inviting us to participate in what you are doing in the world!
Thank you for entrusting your Church with the good news of Jesus Christ. Help us to be good stewards by embracing and embodying the gospel in the world!
It’s imperative, Lord, that your Church be fully alive. So, please awaken your Church. Help us to be more devoted to you, and give us a sense of urgency for the mission you’ve entrusted us with.
Where your Church is thriving, let its life, energy, and passion be contagious for the rest of the Church. Where your Church is persecuted, give courage and stamina. Where your Church is apathetic, light a fire. Where your Church has lost its way, restore it. Where your Church is obstinate and disobedient, do whatever it takes to reclaim it.
When your Church experiences awakening, we will worship you with all of our hearts. We will love people, especially the least, the lost, and the lonely. We will take risks, embrace change, and do whatever it takes to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
Awaken your Church, Lord! Amen.