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Friday 1.22 | Church Leaders


17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. – Hebrews 13:17


God calls specific people into roles of leadership within the church. These leaders are responsible for shepherding and guiding and serving the people in their care. We are thankful that our leaders sacrificially give of themselves in obedience to what God has called them to do.


James 3 says that those who teach are held to a clear standard by God as a result of their position, and biblically, the responsibility of leading with strong character is on their shoulders. Additionally, there is a spiritual opposer that wants to do everything in his
power to overwhelm and distract leaders from the work that God has called them to do. We have an opportunity to intercede on behalf of our leaders and cover them in prayer as they obey God by leading us. This position is not higher in ranking or value, but instead requires humble submission in service to God and his people.


Let’s collectively be praying for our pastors and leaders — that they would have the strength to handle whatever comes their way with God’s leading hand beside them, that their families would feel peace and that they would find rest in Jesus. Let’s pray for refreshment and rest as they gear up for another year of unknowns.


PRAYER:

Take 15min to pray


God, we thank you for the men and women that you have placed in authority and leadership at Sanctuary Church, and we ask that you would guide them and protect them as they navigate all has been placed before them. Please help us to continue to encourage them as we all walk towards you together.

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Thursday 1.21 | The Global Church


I AM IN THEM AND YOU ARE IN ME. MAY THEY EXPERIENCE SUCH PERFECT UNITY THAT THE WORLD WILL KNOW THAT YOU SENT ME AND THAT YOU LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS YOU LOVE ME.’” – JOHN 17:23


Today, we are turning our attention toward the church at large which extends around the world. We should be encouraged by the growth of the community of believers, but we should also lift them up in prayer. For our love for one another as the church of Jesus is an example to the world of how much He loves. Here are some specific focuses we can have as we pray for the church:


Pray for unity:
A key prayer that Jesus prayed for the Church and all the believers before He ascended was that we as a church “would all be one.” Unity pleases God (Psalm 133:1). So we must pray for unity in the local church and the Church world wide. We should pray against division in the church or between churches (1 Corinthians 1:10), and we should pray that there would be great celebration, honor, patience, and forgiveness in our differences (Eph 4:11-13, Col 3:13- 14).

Pray for endurance:
More than asking God to deliver the Church from persecution and hardship, we need to pray for the endurance and purity of the Church in the trials.

Pray for boldness:
Pray for boldness as the Church proclaims the good news of Jesus, that it would fearlessly stand firm in the face of persecution, and that people and communities would speak boldly, as Paul says in Ephesians 3:19-20.


Pray for peace:
The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom.” Shalom is not just an emotional state of peace, but a wholeness of our entire being. Pray for wholeness – physical, spiritual and emotional peace for the Church world wide! Jesus is the Prince of Peace. 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”


PRAYER

Set aside 15 minutes to pray today.

Holy Spirit, please teach us how to pray for the Church. We ask for fresh peace, faithfulness, grace and unity for the local churches and the Church worldwide.

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Wednesday 1.20 | Nation


“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2


We are not of the World, followers of Jesus, but we were most certainly sent into it (John 17:14-19). When we are sent, our work as lights in the darkness is in many ways easier when we can live peaceful lives. So, we are called to pray for all people. This includes those in authority.

Notice these four words Paul uses: petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving. Together they suggest two postures in our prayers for authority. First, when we do go to God for his help, we are to make our requests with child-like confidence and devotion to him. Second, when we go to God for his help, we are to go with gratitude in our hearts. So go to God with a grateful heart full of love for him, believing he will hear and answer your prayers for our leaders.


PRAY
Set aside 15 minutes to pray today. Below are some suggestions…

  • Pray that President Biden’s administration and the new Congress includes leaders who listen to wise counsel that results in God’s righteousness and peace to be part of our nation
  • Pray that today would be a non-violent transition of power for the United States
  • Pray that God would show us if there are ways that we should contribute to righteousness and peace in the United States
  • Spend the last 5 minutes of your time reading, reflecting on, and talking to God about Psalm 33:12-2