​Scriptures That Guide Us In Praying For The Church

Whether you’re a long-time Christian or new to the faith, you’ve probably heard of the importance of praying for your church. Often, though, it’s all too easy to skip these prayers because you’re not sure what to pray about, or because you may not give much thought to the church from Monday through Saturday. 

Although most of us have experienced the power of prayer in our lives, the same power is activated when we go to our Almighty God on behalf of the Church, our local churches, church leadership, and our church family. 

The Bible is filled with verses that inspire and guide us on how to lift our church in prayer. Paul in Ephesians 4:3, encourages us to make “every effort to be united in the Spirit” by binding ourselves together with peace. What better way for the church body to be united and bound together than in prayer? 

From seeking unity to asking for wisdom, power, and love, these verses remind us that praying for the church is vital. Together, let’s explore some of these powerful Bible verses to help with praying for the church. Your prayer life may never be the same. 

But first, just a little about The Church…

What Is The Church?

First of all, the Church is the body of believers, everywhere – Christians who believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23 (NLT) says that “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. and the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. “

So then, Christ is in charge of everything to do with the Church, and in fact, He considers this body of believers to be His own body. That is how much He treasures His Church. He completes His Church and makes it what it is by filling the Church with His presence. 

We see that there is this large body of believers, Jesus’s Church. And then there are the local churches that we attend and worship regularly in. The local church is specifically made up of people we can see and fellowship with, those we call our church family. There is a pastor and leaders who work to keep the day-to-day working of the church’s ministry effective and operational. 

Although some consider the church to be run as a business, the local churches are far from businesses. They are powered and filled by Jesus HImself (as in the Ephesians reference, above) through the working of the Holy Spirit in each of the believers individually and the church community as a whole.  

The following list of Scriptures can be used to pray for your church. I’ve also created a free 31-day list of prayer points (available with just a click) at the end of the post. A great way to use these prayer points would be one a day in your daily prayer time or as a starting point in prayer for small groups or prayer meetings. 

Praying For Pastors

​Paul was a powerful missionary and preacher to the early Church. He started many churches and tried to keep in touch by letter and visits as much as it was possible.

He frequently asked his churches to pray for him, specifically and generally. He knew that he could be more effective when empowered by the prayers of the people he served.

Paul also prayed mightily for those churches, and for the teachers and caretakers who continued the ministry when he was not there to do it. You can best support your pastor as he cares for your church by praying for him as Paul prayed for “his” churches. Pastors carry a heavy burden as they care for God’s flock that has been entrusted to them.

The following verses and lists of examples of ways you can pray for your church may help you know better how to pray:

  1. Pray for your pastor’s ministry
  2. Pray for ever-increasing love for God and God’s people, for energy and enthusiasm to care well for his flock.
  3. Pray for wisdom and understanding in his life and his work.
  4. Pray for him to remain steadfast in his faith and that he will teach the pure word of God and have the courage to stand up for right no matter what.
  5. Pray for his needs and the needs of his family. You may not know his private needs, but God does, and He will honor your prayers for needs that you aren’t even aware of.
  6. Pray for his family in the same way.
  7. Pray for his support system, that he would have close friends to support, encourage, and stand by him.
  8. Thank God for your pastor, for the work that he does, and for his love and endurance to do the Lord’s work, understanding that he has just as much need of grace as we all do. 
  9. Give him a special gift for loving sinful people (which is what we all are) and a special passion for doing the work of the Lord.  
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison  - that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. (ESV)

Colossians 4:2-4
We always thank God for all of you and for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NLT)
​1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Philippians 4:19
I appeal to you, brother, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf. (ESV)

Romans 15:30
Therefor, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 15:58
I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father or our Lord jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

Ephesians 1:16-17(NLT)
...and also (pray) for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.  (ESV)

Ephesians 6:19
Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us. (NLT)

1 Thessalonians 5:25
Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord's message may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you, and that we may be delevered from wicked and evil men, for not all have faith. 

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 
Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, revuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (NLT)

2 Timothy 4:2

Praying For The Church Leaders And Workers

  1. Pray that the leaders of the church will have faith in God to trust His leading
  2. Pray that they will seek spiritual wisdom in their every decision and action. 
  3. Pray that they will remain strong, steadfast in their faith, enthusiastic in their work, and willing to assist in the pastor’s ministry to the church.
  4. Pray that they always remember that their work is for the house of the Lord and that it the Lord God who empowers them. 
  5. Pray that they will be submissive to God and not consider themselves to have accomplished anything, but are doing it all for God’s glory. 
  6. Pray for God’s protection on their hearts from any fear, anxiety, or bitterness.
  7. Pray that they will take every problem or concern to God 
  8. Give thanks to God for those who lead and do the work of the Lord in your church. 
Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. (NLT) 

Hebrews 13:18
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 15:58
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (NLT)

John 3:30
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (NLT)

Isaiah 40:31
The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (NLT) 

Psalm 32:8
Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by iself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. (HCSB)

John 15:4
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (NLT)

Proverbs 4:23
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (NLT)

James 1:5
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. (HCSB)

Colossians 3:22

Praying For The Church Body

  1. Pray for your church body to be a praying church, interceding for the needs placed before them, and giving thanks for every person and every answer to prayer. 
  2. Pray that they will seek God’s help on behalf of each new believer, reaching the lost, and for church leaders as well as governing authorities. 
  3. Pray for the lost to know Christ Jesus and for more believers to spread the Gospel. 
  4. Pray that they will always take the Scriptures seriously and consider right and wrong in the context of Scripture and not the world. 
  5. Pray for God to give people in the church a hunger to study and know the truth found only in the Bible and in solid Biblical teaching.
  6. Pray for the people to contribute what they can, not only monetarily, but actively using their abilities to do good work for the body of believers. 
  7. Pray that the church’s people will not only work well together, but also pray together, fellowship together, and live life together so that they consider each other to be beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. 
  8. Pray for spiritual growth, wisdom, and understanding, along with a knowledge of God’s will. 
  9. Pray that they will grow closer to God and give Him praise and honor, acknowledging God’s glory in all things. 
  10. Pray that together they will experience healing, redemption, and the power of the Holy Spirit moving in each other’s lives. 
  11. Pray that the people of the church will have the overflowing love of the Spirit for each other and that they will keep their lives pure in anticipation of Christ’s return.
  12. Pray for the persecuted church, those imprisoned for their faith, and for missionaries all over the world. Also pray for the lost, that they may experience the saving grace and mercy of Jesus. 
Frst of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people., for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (ESV)

1 Timothy 2:1-4

And then he told them, "Go into all the world an preach the Good News to everyone. (NLT)

Mark 16:15
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV) 

2 Timothy 3:16-17
​If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ's body, and each of you is a part of it. (NLT)

1 Corinthians 12:26-27

And pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persestent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (NLT)
Ephesians 6:18
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ's return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation - the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ.  - for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (NLT)

Philippians 1:9-11
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. (NLT)

Colossians 1:9-10

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.  Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. (NLT)

Colossians 3:16
How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you, as we pray very earnestly night and day to see you face to face and to complete what is lacking in your fath? (HCSB)

1 Thessalonians 3:10
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Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may e healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (NLT)

James 5:16

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (NLT)

1 John 5:15-16

And this is the confidence that we have toward him,
that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask,
we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

1 John 5:14-15 (ESV)

These verses highlight the importance of prayer within the church body, joining with God’s heart, to pray for unity, love, spiritual growth, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, as well as for the spreading of the Gospel and the support for one another.

There are many Stories Of Unity In The Bible that can help us to understand some of the ways to unity within the church.

Let this list of Scriptures inspire you to make praying for your church a regular part of your daily routine. Remember, prayer changes things, and our prayers can make a significant difference, helping to build a strong, vibrant church that glorifies God in all we do. 

So, keep praying with anticipation, knowing that God hears every prayer request. Just watch to see how He moves through your faithful intercession!

You can easily find more of my reading/journaling plans in Daily Inspiration: My Scripture Journaling Method and Bible Reading Plans

Scriptures To Guide Us In Praying For the Church

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