A Prayer for City Church
In September of 2011, the staff and elders of City Church felt lead by God to craft a prayer for the church. We invite you to join us in praying this prayer for City Church.
You alone are God, and the depths of the universe cannot contain Your majesty. Your goodness astounds us, Your grace amazes us, and Your unfailing love abounds. We acknowledge that we do not know the way to the place You are leading us, but trust that You will guide us. You take delight in everything You create, and we know that You are faithful to complete the work You have begun in City Church.
In light of this, we humble ourselves before You, and we thank You for all that You are and all that You have done for us. We give You everything, Father, and we simply ask for more of You because we want to know You and love You more. We no longer trust in what we can do in our own strength but rather in who we are in You, and what You can do through us. We submit our lives, our wills and our plans to You. Help us to be a people that delight in You and walk in the fear of the Lord. As we set our hearts and fix our eyes on You, help us to demonstrate our love for You by our joyful obedience.
Lord, in Your mercy, keep us from relying on our own wisdom, our religious traditions or past experiences. We ask You to have the freedom to do in our midst what You desire. Make us a church that lives out Your word in heart and deed and truly reflects Your beauty and character. Make us a merciful and generous people who walk in Your redemptive ways. Increase our joy in Jesus Christ and help us to share it with others. Help us to have compassion for one another that there may be no needy among us and that we might be a refuge for those You send. Make us a place where people can taste and see that You are good, where all who come can find love and acceptance, and where people can hear and receive the transforming message of the gospel and become Your disciples.
Out of the fullness of who You are, we ask You to pour out Your Holy Spirit and move in power in our midst so that Your works spill over to all those You draw near. As we unashamedly worship You and preach Your word, rise up and confirm the truth of Your Kingdom with signs and wonders. Save the lost, heal the sick, bind up the brokenhearted and deliver the oppressed in our midst so that every eye would be on Jesus and He would receive the reward of His suffering. Enlarge our hearts to receive and embrace the poor, the lost and the difficult.
Please give us wisdom and understanding to be a faithful beacon of Your light and a conductor of Your presence in this region. Lord, just as You have made us one body, use City Church as a catalyst to bring the unity and revival You desire. Equip us with Your power, wisdom and courage to fulfill every purpose You have for us here, and to the farthest parts of the world. May we bring You joy, glory and honor in all that we do.
Heavenly Father, let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in City Church, this region, and beyond. We humbly ask in Jesus’ name.