A prayer for the church worldwide.
We thank You for the promise of the Lord Jesus, that He will build His church.
We thank You that this is happening now, as disciples are made throughout the world.
We thank You that one day around Your throne will gather, a great multitude that no-one can count, who will cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb,”
to Jesus who was slain, who was put to death of the cross, and who by His blood has purchased a people for God, from every nation, tribe, people and language.
We pray for Your people, blood bought men and women, scattered in local churches, wherever they may be found.
That having saved them, You would bless them, give strength to them, and cover them with Your favour, that they might be pure and holy.
We pray that they would be obedient to Your Word and where they have gone astray, they would be brought back to faithfulness.
For our brothers and sisters suffering around the world and in parts of our nation, would you give them relief we pray.
Especially for the 200 million persecuted Christians in places such as North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, and not forgetting Syria.
May their cries come before You.
Would You reach down from on high and rescue them from their enemies.
Turn back in shame all those who hate Your church.
Let no weapon forged against Your people prevail.
Strike those who oppose You with terror, so that they would know that You are greater than them.
Gracious Shepherd, bring Your people through the valley of the shadow of death.
Strengthen the patient endurance and faithfulness of Your suffering saints as they wait for Your salvation.
Comfort them with the knowledge that in the light of eternity, the afflictions they are going through are momentary.
And help us to remember those being mistreated in our prayers, as if we ourselves were suffering.
We thank You for mission agencies seeking to support and minister to them in partnerships with churches all over the world and ask that You would bless their efforts.
We ask Lord, that You would show Your favour to Your servants who are seeking to begin a new work for you in places unreached with the gospel and in communities with no local church.
And would You encourage and revitalise local churches that are struggling or on the brink of closing, so that the light of the gospel won’t go out where they are located.
Sovereign Lord, keep each and every local church, loyal to the gospel, in Your care until, all together, we meet You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in the new heavens and the new earth, where tears will be no more and all Your people will be safe and secure forever.