Twelve Days of Prayer Day 10

 Pray for Worship Around the World

Tomorrow morning, our church will gather for worship in three different venues across five hours.  As large as our congregation is, it is just one tiny outpost of the Christian Church that will gather by the millions across continents and time zones to worship our God in the name of Jesus.  Today, as we prepare our hearts for worship, we pray for all those who will worship on the Lord’s Day.

We pray for the struggling Church in the United States.

Acts 1:8

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Record numbers of mainline churches are shuttering their doors.  Meanwhile denominational infighting drives more members away.  However, there are bright spots - individual churches and non-denominational movements continue to spread the Gospel.

Lord, where your Church is in decline, may she find new life.  Where she is divided, may she find unity.  Where she is growing, may she find strength for the journey.  

We pray for the growing Church in Africa and Latin America.

Matthew 28:19-20

19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Church is growing exponentially in Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world.  50,000 are baptized each week in Africa alone.

For the parts of the world that are accepting your invitation to relationship, we thank you Lord.  We pray that the excitement and new life will continue to spread.  We ask that you continue to raise up new leaders to shepherd your growing flocks.

We pray for the persecuted Church.

Ephesians 6:19-20

19Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

When we gather for worship, it is sometimes hard to believe that there are still places where it is illegal to be a Christian - where gathering for worship, professing one’s faith, or even possessing a Bible could lead to imprisonment or even death.  Yet, in these places, people still hold fast to their faith in Jesus Christ.

Lord, for the places where people are forced to worship you in secret and share their faith at great cost, we ask your mercy.  We ask the strength of your Spirit for our brothers and sisters.  We pray your transforming grace be at work in the hearts of those who so firmly reject you.

We pray for worship

John 4:21-24

21Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Lord, as we prepare our hearts for worship, join our hearts with the hearts of our brothers and sisters around the world as we, together with them, pray...

Our father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.

Rev. Will Rice
Pastor of Communications and Outreach