Bishop Daniel A. Payne:

“Lord, You know my weakness;
be my strength.

You know my ignorance,
be my wisdom.

Teach me,
that I may not be a blind leader of the blind,
but a scribe well instructed about the kingdom of God.

Oh, let not the people see me;
let them see You in Your vesture dipped in blood!

Let not the people hear me;
let them hear You in your voice of saving truth!”



“I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.” (2 Timothy 1:3)

Jonathan Griffiths:

  • Are we praying for our people regularly?
  • Are we giving thanks for God’s work in our people?
  • Are we praying for our people before we teach and admonish them?


Mike McKinley:

  1. Lord, please help me to understand the meaning of this text and how it points to Christ.
  2. Lord, please increase my love for the people who will hear this sermon.
  3. Lord, please give me wisdom to apply this text to the lives of the people in our congregation.
  4. Lord, please use this passage to help me grasp and love the gospel more so that I might help my hearers do the same.
  5. Lord, please help me to see how this passage confronts the unbelief of my hearers.
  6. Lord, please help me to be obedient to the demands of this passage. Help me to enter the pulpit having already submitted my life to this truth before I preach it.
  7. Lord, by your Spirit please help me to preach this sermon with the necessary power and with appropriate affections.
  8. Lord, please use this sermon to bring glory to your name, joy to your people, and salvation to the lost.

Do you publicly pray for other churches?

Greg Gilbert:

“Each week, I choose one or two churches and pray for their services that day.  I pray for the church to be attentive to the Word of God.  I pray for the pastor to speak boldly and accurately from the Bible.  I pray for people to be convicted of their sin, for Christians to be encouraged in the faith, and for non-Christians to be converted.  I also thank the Lord that we live in a city where we are not the only church in which the gospel is proclaimed.”

Why is it a good thing to do?

  • It helps to crucify a spirit of competition in the pastor.
  • It helps to crucify a spirit of competition in the members.
  • Praying for other churches communicates that we are all on the same team and we have the same mission.
  • It helps the pastor to cultivate friendships with the pastors of other local churches.
  • It reminds everyone that God is glorifying His Son through the work of churches all over cities and the world. 


Pray this as you read the Bible

Leading Your Congregation in Prayer

Last Sunday, Mark Dever posted a number of helpful tweets addressed to pastors about how they lead corporate prayer at their Sunday gatherings.

Praying for the young people away at Contagious

This week six of the young people at Banstead Community Church (including my daughter Molly) are away at Contagious / Contagious Nano.

They and the camp need our prayers and to help The Good Book Company a few weeks ago gave a great list of things we can be praying for all the summer camps taking place including Contagious.  Here they are:

  1. Pray for the Bible teaching: that the “gospel [would come] … not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep joy” (1 Thessalonians 1 v 5)
  2. Pray that campers who aren’t Christians would become Christians: that “they would turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven” (1 Thessalonians 2 v 9-10).
  3. Pray that Christian campers would learn how to live out their faith: that they’d know “how to live in order to please God … [and] do this more and more” (1 Thessalonians 4 v 1)
  4. Pray that leaders would have Christlike love: loving campers “so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2 v 8)
  5. Pray that leaders would have eternal priorities: that they’d think of the campers as “our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ when he comes” (1 Thessalonians 2 v 19)
  6. Pray that leaders would make be committed to prayer and practical support for their campers before, during and after camp: “How can we thank God enough for … you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith” (1 Thessalonians 3 v 9-10)

3 prayers to pray each morning

“Lord I am a man (woman) in desperate need of help today.

Lord I pray that in your grace you would send your helpers my way.

Lord I pray you would give me the humility to receive the help when it comes.”

(Paul Tripp at EMA 2012)

Seven Ways To Pray for Your Prayer Life

Tim Challies has written a helpful post about how you can pray about your prayer life.

Here are his seven ways:

  1. Pray that your prayers would be the expressions of a humble heart (Matthew 6:5-6)
  2. Pray that God would remind you that he doesn’t want or need your eloquent prayers (Matthew 6:7-8; Romans 8:26)
  3. Pray that you would remember what the really important requests are (Matthew 6:9-13)
  4. Pray that you would remember biblical examples of answered prayer (James 5:13-14, 17-18)
  5. Pray that God would give you confidence in his sovereign power (Ephesians 3:20-21)
  6. Pray that God would help you to persevere in your praying (Luke 18:1-8)
  7. Pray that God would encourage you that he is your loving Father and will give you only what is good (Matthew 7:9-11)

Could your children say this about you?

“As I grew older I came to perceive that while I was greatly blessed in both my parents, my father in particular was a man of peculiar sanctity of character, who all his life walked with God.  He never spoke in public, except in the exercise of his great gift of prayer.  He would generally pray at length in the church prayer meetings – they all did in those days, sometimes taking as long as twenty or twenty-five minutes – but when my father was so engaged time to me seemed to stand still.  I can remember that occasionally when I thought he was about to close, I would say under my breath, “Go on, father dear!  Don’t leave off yet.”  Is it to be wondered that such a parent should leave a deep and lifelong impression upon his son?”

(E. J. Poole-Connor, Evangelical Unity)

4 things to do before you get out of bed

Rick Holland has written an excellent blog post HERE about how we begin our day.  In it he suggests four things we can do before we get out of bed to start our day focussing on God.

  1. Pray.  Ask God for His grace to motivate you to approach this day as His holy child and faithful ambassador.
  2. Think.  Even before you begin this new day, revisit what you learned of God and the gospel yesterday.  This will begin a chain link of Godward thinking.
  3. Plan.  How will you prioritize your reading of God’s Word today?  Hopefully, this plan has already been made.  But making a fresh commitment before your feet hit the ground to execute that plan will greatly increase your control over your day.
  4. Say “No!”  Every morning will bring new opportunities to do things other than spiritual disciplines.  Learn to say “No!” to those things because you have another set of commitments to do before getting to them.

Sermon Jam on Prayer