Praying for the Church: Receptive Hearts

The Church must have people with receptive hearts!

In telling the parable of the soils, this is how Jesus described “good soil” …

The seed scattered on good soil are those who hear the word and embrace it. They bear fruit, in one case a yield of thirty to one, in another case sixty to one, and in another case one hundred to one. (Mark 8.20, CEB)

Unfortunately, good soil is only one of the four options Jesus highlighted. And, it was the only good one!

Our job as followers and witnesses of Jesus is to scatter seed, but we certainly want our seeds to find good soil, receptive hearts.

O God, thank you for the seeds that found their way into our hearts, and for the grace that allowed them to bear fruit in our lives!

May every heart in the Church be receptive to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. We pray …

Examine me, God! Look at my heart! Put me to the test! Know my anxious thoughts! Look to see if there is any idolatrous way in me, then lead me on the eternal path! (Psalm 139.23-24, CEB).

May your Word find good soil in our hearts so that we will continue grow “in every way more and more like Christ” (Ephesians 4.15, NLT) and so that we will follow wherever you lead!

Send your Spirit to go before us and to prepare the way in front of us. May people’s hearts be receptive to you so that we may bear much fruit for your kingdom, for your honor and glory! Amen.

(I invite you to pray with me for the Church. Previous prayers include: awakening, transformational leaders, urgency, hope, health, compassion, action, unity, power, favor, endurance, trust, discipline, courage, vision, provision, humble & hungry, patience & persistence, and unpredictable & uncontrollable).

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