Strengthen the Body of Christ
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Ephesians 3:15-20; Colossians 1:9-11; Isaiah 58:6-7; Isaiah 1:17; Hebrews 13:21
Lord, we lift up the Body of Christ around the world and pray that out of Your glorious riches she may be strengthened with power from on High. We pray for each church corporately and individually, and each Christian, to be rooted and established in love. May we begin to grasp how wide, how long, how high and deep is the love of Christ, a love that surpasses all knowledge. May our churches and people be filled with wisdom, guidance and understanding, so that we may live lives worthy of the Lord. May we be pleasing to You in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in Truth and the knowledge of God. Let us stand solidly upon your Holy Word, for it is right and true and let us never stop praying for one another!
Lord, let the churches of the earth be filled with strength, endurance, and patience with a heart filled with love, understanding and encouragement. Help us to live in complete harmony with each other and always be ready to be a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, feed the hungry and clothe those in need. May we shine the Light of Life into the darkened world, preaching the Good news to the poor; bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim freedom to the captives; release prisoners from darkness and comfort those who mourn. May we be faithful to Shepard our flocks, work our fields and vineyards…. Oh, that we may be called Oaks of righteousness displaying Your Splendor!
O God instruct the churches and your people and teach us in the way we should go. Gently guide us with Your eye. May Your Word be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Faithfully equip us Lord, with every good thing needed for doing Your will. We surrender our hearts…Do Your work in us, preparing us for what is pleasing to You.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within the churches throughout the earth and in our own heart, to Christ Jesus be all glory and Honor…throughout all generations for ever more! Amen.