[originally posted 11/4/20]
We pick up today with another specific thing to pray for as we await the results of the election – praying for the Church and the world.
4. The Church
Pray that the churches in your community and area will preach the gospel of Christ winsomely and powerfully. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Rom. 1:16).
Pray for a spirit of humility in the Church and that we might reach toward those whom the Bible calls the least among us. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” (Matt. 25:40).
Ask the Lord for wisdom to use the freedom we’ve been given, in Him and in this country, to wisely draw people to Him. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Gal. 5:13).
Pray for a spirit of compassion to come over the Church in this nation so that we will begin seriously to live out the lifestyle of Jesus in our communities. “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Phil. 2:1–4).
Ask the Lord to help strengthen the call to prayer. “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” (1 Tim. 2:8).
Pray that the Church in America will so noticeably live in Christ’s peace that it spills out, and even to, the leaders of our nation. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Col. 3:15).
Pray for a movement of the Spirit that creates a dramatic cultural transformation in the United States, bringing about a nation that has learned to put its hope in the Word of God. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Rom. 12:2).