Praying for the Studying of God’s Word

Praying for the Studying of God’s Word

During this segment of the APT prayer time, we focus on those who bring God’s Word to the people.

Ask God to:

  • Receive Glory from the message.
  • Guide the speaker to speak His (the Lord’s) Words and not his (the preacher/speaker) own.
  • Pray that any distractions will be brought to an end. Ask the Lord to focus every mind on the message.
  • Prepare every heart: remove all thorns and thistles, all rocks and hard places…and prevent any distractions from snatching away the Word as it is preached.
  • Make every heart a fertile soil, ready to receive the Word with gladness and joy…and may it produce fruit: 30 60 or 100 fold!
  • Pray that a door of utterance will be opened for all who speak on behalf of the Lord (Colossians 4:3).
  • Pray that they realize that the inheritance and hope as a church family is in God’s incomparable and incredible great power which is available to us (Gal. 1:12; Eph. 1:18-19; Phil. 3:10).
  • Pray that the Church becomes more surrendered and poured out to Christ, so they can have spiritual breakthroughs by seeking the fear of God and the mind of Christ and the Spirit’s leading (1 Cor. 2:16; Gal. 2:20-21).
  • Pray that your Church has and continues to take hold a growing, consistent walk with Christ with a devotional life and prayer that is steadfast. Pray that they realize and allow Christ to work and use them as they grow closer in their faith, spiritual formation, maturity and love (Psalm 16:8-11; 73:28; Rom. 8:31; 2 Pet. 1:5-7).
  • Pray that all of the leadership exhibit good Christian character and integrity with all of their relationships and dealings in life (Micah 6:8).
  • Pray that your Church leaders and pastor’s families will be cared for and respected and receive good consideration, so they can to grow too, as they are usually misunderstood, under-appreciated, and ignored or overworked. Pray that all the staff be committed to their families with authentic love and care, that they will be strong and learn in the midst of trials, their homes a refuge and haven of rest and not be condescending or withdrawing from their own families (Psalm 91:9-15; Phil. 4:19; 1 Peter 2:23).
  • Pray for discernment in exposing any plans of the enemy against the Church or attacking the church leadership. Ask Christ to protect us as they wage spiritual warfare against the enemy on behalf of the Church (Eph. 6:11-12, 16; Col. 2:6-8; 1 Pet. 3:12).
  • Pray for an increase of vitality, renewal and vision that is from God for the pastors and leaders personally and collectively so that the church can be galvanized then take a hold of, and then be revitalized as a caring committed community for His Kingdom and purpose (Isa. 61:3; Rom. 12).
  • Pray for the willingness and ability to authentically confess and repent of any wrong doing, false dependencies, misplaced ideas and loss of spiritual passion (Luke 13:1-3; Acts 2:38-39; Rev. 2:5-6).
  • Pray that you and your church commits to follow the biblical mandate to support and encourage the leadership of the church (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 Pet. 5:1-2).
  • Pray against gossip, negative criticism, false expectations, unhealthy burdens, strife and weariness that will seek to invade the church family (Psalm 91:5-6, 11; Luke 10:19; Eph. 4: 17, 32-5:1).
  • Pray that your church be a community of grace and forgiveness. That your church has an atmosphere of encouragement by being grateful for Christ’s work in them that enables the congregation to be inspired to give genuine hospitality to all who comes through our doors (Rom. 15:4-6; 2 Thess. 2:16-17).
  • Pray that our church commits to a healthy understanding, wisdom and accounting and handling of its stewardship and Finances to better receive God’s blessings (Prov. 3:9-10; 1 Cor. 9:15-18).
  • Pray that our Church leaders will have the strength and endurance that they need to serve with excellence by the power of the Spirit and the support of the congregation (Philippians 4:13).
  • Pray for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation for any misplaced expectations, criticism, ungrateful attitudes, flawed thinking, grief, hurts, and abuse (Isa. 61:3; Mark 11:22-24, 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 4:32-5:1; Phil. 4:19).
  • Pray that our church would receive God’s direction and vision. That the congregation gets nourished from the substance of His Word and the needs of the congregation are met (Psalm 119:9-12; Matt. 18:20).
  • Pray that the church becomes real authentic disciples of Christ who are learning, growing and making Fruit and in turn making more disciples (Prov. 19:23; Mal. 3:11; Matt. 28:18-20; John. 15:16; Gal. 5:22-23)
  • Pray that the spirit and practice of Humility is utilized and practiced in and outside of our church, and that false humility does not take root (1 Pet. 5:5-7).
  • Pray that pride does not set in with the Leadership (Psalm 10:4; Prov. 8:13).
  • Pray that the church commits to place the focus on the Supremacy of Christ and be dependent upon Him (Gal. 6:14; Col. 1: 15-17)!
  • Pray that Church leadership will give real biblical help and Counseling from God’s wisdom and Word to those in need (Isaiah 61:3).
  • Pray that the church family will give Christ real authentic adoration, praise, impassioned worship and glory in private and collectively as a Church. That worship is never to be a show, entertainment or talent focused, rather God is the audience to the praise (Gal. 6:14).
  • Pray that the Church takes accountability seriously and each be protected and have people they are accountable too. Also, that each would cultivate and pursue healthy relationships (Gal. 6: 1-10; Eph. 5:21).
  • Pray that the Word of God will never be compromised, cheapened or dumped down; rather be delivered in confidence with power, conviction, clarity, boldness, with love and in truth (Acts 6:4; Col. 1:28; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; 2 Tim. 2:15).
  • Pray for discernment to seek God’s leading and direction for the leaders; that they seek His ways and not trends, traditions, personal agendas or anything that is not from the Spirit and Word. Pray that they can discern and prioritize what is important and precious and what is not (Isa. 6; 2 Cor. 11:14; 2 Tim. 3:5; 1 John. 4:1; Rev. 4).
  • Pray that God protects the Church leadership from sin and misdirection and they have the wiliness and boldness to flee and confront sin (Prov. 19:23; 1 Pet. 1:16).
  • Pray they all draw near to Christ and seek holiness and His presence with more prayer (Acts 1:14; 1 Thess. 5:17; Jas. 4:7-8).
  • Pray that we, as a church family, remain faithful and good stewards, so the financial needs are met (Psalm. 91:15-16; Phil. 4:19).
  • Pray that negative thinking, stress, being overwhelmed, the ways of the world, the tyranny of the urgent, being overcommitted, over busyness, fatigue, compromise, pressures, overworked, under-appreciated, misunderstandings, and stress to not get in the Spiritual Home and take over (John 14:1; Acts 6:2-4; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 4:17).
  • Pray that Unity infuses our church so that our congregation is binding to Christ in love so the work of the Kingdom is promoted (2 Chron. 30:12; Psalm 133:1; Rom. 15:5).
  • Pray that congregation is willing and able to come and support the church and staff with grateful hands and words. That you all realize that the leadership are necessary and called and accountable to God (Matt. 9:37; Acts 14; 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 10-15; 5:22-23).
  • Pray that the church community commits to pray for the church, pastors, staff, missionaries, those in need, community and issues powerfully every day (Acts 1:14; 16:16; 1 Thess. 5:17).
  • Pray for our sister churches, their pastors and congregations.