Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Yourself for Your Church, to make us pure and holy and beautiful in Your eyes. Our prayer is to be the bride You want us to be. Build us, shape us, and mold us as You see fit.
May we as Your church be known as a place of joyful celebration, a place where people experience Your presence and Your power, a place where Your Word changes lives. We ask that, by You working through us, the wounded would know healing, the lost find their way, the discouraged be filled with hope, and the weak be given the strength to carry on. May we be true to our calling to receive, proclaim and share Your love with those around us. May the love of Christ compel us.
May children fill our halls with their laughter, young people inspire us with their enthusiasm, parents encourage us with their perseverance, and seniors bless us with their faithfulness and wisdom. May we, as Your people, together lift up our hearts and our lives to you in praise.
Grant us unity and love. Give us courage to follow You in obedience. Guide us to decisions and directions that honor You. Help us to recognize Satan‚Äôs attacks and to stand firm in Your strong name. Protect us from arrogance and foolish pride.
May people see Jesus in our lives, may they hear Jesus in our words, and may they experience the touch of Jesus in our ministries. May we be a blessing to other Christian churches as together we spread Your love and grace throughout our city, our province, and our world.
Build Your church, Lord Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.