Prayers for the Church: Action

The Church needs to be a people of action!

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, and compassion.

Scripture makes clear that faith and action go hand in hand. One example is James 2 …

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? … faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity. … a person is shown to be righteous through faithful actions and not through faith alone. … As the lifeless body is dead, so faith without actions is dead (selected verses from James 2.14-26, CEB).

Without action, faith is dead!

O God, thank you for calling us out to be your people and sending us out to be your hands and feet in the world. We are your messengers of hope in a broken world. We are your followers, sent to change the world!

Break our hearts for what breaks your’s and you move our hearts with compassion. Inspire and lead us to act on our faith and compassion!

Shake us up. Never let us settle for the way things are, but always strive for the way things could and should be!

Help us to put our love for your world in action so that we love not only with our words, but also with our actions. May the world know we are your followers by our love-in-action!

Empower and equip every follower of Jesus to be an effective witness for Christ. Pour out your Holy Spirit on Us and empower us so that we may engage in mission throughout the world. And, let us bear much fruit for your kingdom!

Amen.

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