We believe that when we come together to pray for our church, we are partnering with God to see His will done on Earth. It is our heart’s cry to see the lost saved and lives changed, and we believe that God can use our prayers to bring about revival in our community.
Please join us in praying for the growth of our church (and yours), that God would move mightily among us and that we would be a people who are radically changed by His love.
Praying for the Growth of the Church
If you’re like us, you want your church to grow. You want to see more people coming through the doors and hearing the gospel. And prayer is one of the most powerful tools we have to see that happen.
But what should we be praying for when it comes to church growth? Let’s join together and pray for these five things in regards to church growth. Below are five types of prayers that we believe will help lead your church to growth:
1. Pray for God to raise up leaders.
2. Pray for the lost to be found.
3. Pray for the church to be unified.
4. Pray for wisdom and clarity.
5. Pray for the boldness to take action.
This last one is particularly important, because while prayer might inspire us, prayer alone is not enough without bold action to back it up.
How can you be praying for church growth?
If you’re like many Christians, you probably pray for your church to grow. But what does that actually mean? What are you praying for when you pray for church growth?
Here are a few things you can pray for when it comes to spiritual growth prayers:
- That God would bring people to your church who are ready to be transformed by the power of the gospel.
- That your church would be a place where people can find community and belonging.
- That your church would be a force for good in your community and beyond.
Praying for church growth is about more than just numbers. It’s about praying that God would use your church to change lives and make a difference in the world.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What is your motivation for wanting to see your church grow?
- How can you be praying for church growth?
- What role does the Holy Spirit play in church growth?
- What ELSE can you do to help promote church growth?
One way you can be praying for church growth is by praying for the people who are already attending your church. Pray that they would grow in their faith and that they would be bold in sharing the gospel with others.
Pray also for those who are not yet attending your church. Pray that they would be drawn to your church and that they would find a community of believers to belong to.
Finally, pray for the community around your church. Pray that God would work in the hearts of people and that they would be open to hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Church Growth Scripture
God’s heart is for His church to flourish. He wants His people to be united and to continue growing in their faith. For this reason, He has given us many scriptures on church growth.
As you read through these verses, pray that God would continue to grow His church. Pray for unity and for more people to come to know Christ. And as you meditate on these scriptures, let them encourage and challenge you in your own walk with Christ.
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
There are various other scripture passages that discuss the growth of the church.
In Acts 2:47, we see that the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
And in Revelation 7:9, we see a great multitude from every nation, tribe, and tongue, worshiping God around the throne.
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus promised that He would build His church, and that the gates of Hades would not prevail against it.
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” – John 12:32
“For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 3:11
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.” – Acts 9:31
These verses show us that growth is an essential part of the church. We see that Jesus Himself promised that the church would grow, and we see that the early church did experience rapid growth. As we continue to seek the Lord’s will for our churches, we can be confident that He will help them to grow.
Prayers for Church Growth – Conclusion
Let’s pray for all of us, for our spiritual growth, and for the growth of our church. The church is our spiritual home even when we are away from it. So we must nurture it as it nurtures us and our community.
Jesus used a farming analogy to explain how the kingdom of God grows. Once the farmer plants the seed, it grows by itself. The farmer isn’t in control of that process, and doesn’t even fully understand it. He waters it, he cares for it, but ultimately can’t “force it” to grow.
Growth happens naturally, but only after the farmer did the hard work of preparing the soil. And when the harvest is ready, the farmer goes back to work and reaps the rewards of his labors.
And that’s how church growth works, too. It’s a combination of the blessings from God and the efforts of man. A combination of divine intervention and human leadership.