God, open my eyes that I might see my church as you see it. Let me see where changes need to take place, even if it is painful to me. And use me, I pray, to be an instrument of that change whatever the cost.
God, please let me be part of the solution and not the problem. Show me what I need to see. Open my eyes to your reality. And give me the courage to move forward in the directions you desire.
God, give me the conviction and the courage to be like the heroes of Hebrews 11. Teach me not to hold on to those things in my church that are my personal preferences and styles. Show me not only how to let go, but where to let go, so that I may heed your commands more closely.
God, give my church and me a heart for our community. Let me see the people through your eyes. And give me the courage and the wisdom to let go of my own inhibitions to either lead, follow and support, so that others who best reflect this community can lead and teach us.
Lord, help us to grasp that all the money I think I have is really yours. Help me to grasp that all the money our church has is not the church's but yours. Give us healthy giving hearts to use these funds according to your purpose.
Lord, remind me that I am a Great Commission Christian in a Great Commission Church. Remind me that, in your strength, I am to do whatever it takes to reach out into my community with the transforming power of the Gospel.
Lord, open my eyes to the needs of others. Show me how to live more like your Son, who always put others' interest first. And especially show me that attitude as I serve in my church.
God, please give our pastor and deacons a heart and a vision to reach and minister to people beyond our walls. Teach me to be the kind of church member who encourages and supports our leadership, so discouragement and disillusionment does not lead to departure.
Lord, teach me to pray. Teach me to pray consistently. Teach me to be a leader in prayer in my church. And teach me to keep passionate and believing prayer as the lifeblood of the church.
Lord, receive the hearts of our church members, including me, to have a passion for the Gospel. Teach our church to share the Gospel with others. Teach us to live as men and women who are true bearers of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Remind us of our purpose. Convict us of our purposes. Empower us to live our purpose.
Lord, teach me the proper stewardship of all the material items you give me personally and in my church. Help me never let that stewardship evolve into obsession and idolatry, especially where I lose my perspective on what really matters.
I believe all things are possible through you God. Show me what I need to do to help my church from hopelessness to hope. And give me the courage and strength to make those changes, even those changes that will be very painful.
God, help me to live my life with no reserves, no retreat, and no regrets. "I'll say Yes, Lord, Yes, to Your will and Your way. I'll say Yes, Lord, Yes, I will trust You and obey. When Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I'll agree. And my answer will be Yes, Lord, Yes."
In Jesus name, Amen!
ON SUNDAY PRAY ALL OF THE PRAYER BEFORE CHURCH.