What Would Happen If We Prayed?

I recently read Max Lucado’s book, Before Amen, the power of a simple prayer. He talks about the advice of another minister to get 120 people to pray for his church. Within 6 months his church had broken their “Sunday attendance record twice …finished the year well over budget” with the “highest ever average Sunday attendance”. They had also “witnessed several significant healings” and “Church antagonism was at an all-time low, and church unity was at an all-time high.” Don’t you want that for your church?
The same day I learned the secret to Billy Graham’s success. One year before a crusade he sent prayer teams to live and pray in the cities where he would be preaching. Prayer was the secret of his success, heavy-duty, daily prayer.
What would happen in our church if we made a commitment to pray for the Church instead of complaining about the preaching, heat and collections? Would it be the same as it is now or would we experience the same miracles Lucado’s church saw?
Our prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent or lengthy. His whole book is about the power of simple prayers. All we need to pray is:
Father, bless this church. Draw us closer to you and to each other. Help us to love you with all our hearts and each other as we love ourselves. Make of us a loving, welcoming community. Draw people to your church, people who need you in their lives. Help us to be examples of your love. Let people see and experience the love of Jesus through us. Help us to reach out to those who need us, to those who are hurting.
Bless our leadership. Guide them in their decisions and in their preaching. Help them to touch our hearts with your love. Help them to inspire us with your word. Help them to lead your people.
Bless and guide all those in roles of service in this church that they may glorify you.
Provide the resources we need to be a blessing to our community, to show your love to a world in desperate need of your love.
Protect our church and all in it.
We ask all of this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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