21 Powerful Intercessory Prayers for the Church

Prayer is everything in the Christian life. Praying for those that lead and attend our church is just one way to seek the protection and strength of the Lord. These powerful intercessory prayers for the church will help to call on the power of the Lord for blessing.

Prayer #1

Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the old, the young, the needy, the orphans and the widows, and on all that are in sickness and sorrow, in distress and affliction, in oppression and captivity, in prison and confinement. More especially have mercy upon Your servants who are under persecution for Your sake and for the sake of the Orthodox Faith at the hands of heathen nations, of apostates, and of heretics: remember them, visit, strengthen, keep and comfort them, and make haste to grant them, by Your power, relief, freedom, and deliverance.

Prayer #2

God, help our church body to walk in a manner worthy of the calling You have given us. Help us in all our interactions with one another to have humble and gentle hearts. Grant us patience for one another, bearing with one another in love. Grant the Body of Christ unity. May we walk humbly with You, God, allowing You to show us our wrongs.

Prayer #3

Strengthen your people for their witness and work in the world. Fill your ministers with your Spirit, that they may faithfully preach the gospel and administer your holy sacraments. Unite in the truth all who confess your name, that we may live together in love and proclaim your glory in all the world. Father, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer #4

Lord, I lift up the Church in our nation. We humbly unite and confess as one people—one Church called by Your name—that we have sinned. We’ve operated out of acquired wealth thinking we could do it on our own—but we are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. We seek Your face, O God! Thank You for hearing and forgiving us. We wait on You for the healing of our land!

Prayer #5

Give wisdom to those in authority in every land, and give to all peoples a desire for righteousness and peace, with the will to work together in trust, to seek the common good and to share with justice the resources of the earth. Father, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer #6

Lord, what the enemy means for evil against our church body, we believe You can use for good. Remind our hearts of this. When we are being attacked and crushed from all sides, remind us of Your faithfulness to use everything for Your good and Your glory. May we not fear but trust in Your provision for our church family. May we not only be readers of Your Word but believers and doers. Increase our faith, Lord.

Prayer #7

We give thanks for… We pray for… those in need:
those who suffer; the sick; the poor; the distressed; the lonely; the unloved; the persecuted; the unemployed; those who grieve; and those who care for them…

Comfort and heal, merciful Lord, all who are in sorrow, need, sickness, or any other trouble. Give them a firm trust in your goodness; help those who minister to them; and bring us all into the joy of your salvation.mFather, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer #8

Let us pray for the sick and for those who suffer, for all in the nursing homes and hospices of our parish, and for those who are housebound. We remember all who are sick, among them … (a list of names follows)

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Prayer #9

Lord, You have told us in Your Word that You hear our prayers. We are crying out to You, we are humbling ourselves before You and seeking Your face. We come together as a church body to seek You. We repent and turn from our wicked ways, thank You for hearing us. Thank you for Your forgiveness and healing.

Prayer #10

Lord, I lift up the children and youth in my congregation to You. May the little ones remain humble examples of what we adults need to become in the kingdom. Let their conduct always be pure and right with reputations that show that they remember You, Creator God. Teach them to declare Your marvelous deeds. May they flee evil desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.

Prayer #11

We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth:
guide and govern it by your good Spirit,
so that all who call themselves Christians
may be led in the way of truth,
and hold the faith in unity of spirit,
in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.
All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Prayer #12

Father God, You desire peace and unity and encouragement for our body of believers. Help us, Lord, to pursue what makes for peace and for building one another up. To pursue the things You will lead to peace and unity. Give us discerning hearts to know Your will and give us the courage to be obedient. Lord, we know that without You and Your Holy Spirit indwelling each of us, we cannot do any of these things. But, with You and for Your glory, grant our body peace and unity.

Prayer #13

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, especially … (a list of names follows) … and all those being cared for in this parish. Give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Prayer #14

Almighty God,
we praise you for your creation,
and all you richly provide.
Enable us to live in such a way
that your majesty and mercy
are seen by all.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer #15

Lord, I lift up our need for protection. Protect and deliver us from the evil one. Help us be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves as we deal with the wolves around us. Show us how to test every spirit to see if they are from You. Help us recognize the enemy’s disguises and schemes so that he won’t outwit us.

Prayer #16

All governments rule under your authority.
May they work for the good of those they rule,
seeking your justice and peace in every law and action.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer #17

We hold in your presence all who are being cared for in this parish, and thank you for the care and dedication of the staff. We name before you all those with particular needs who have asked for our prayers, especially … (a list of names follows). May they know your presence with them, and that you are their strength, their healing, and their salvation. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Prayer #18

Comfort and strengthen those who are gripped by poverty,
weakened by illness, or oppressed by cruelty.
May they know your love and experience your care.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer #19

Lord, I lift up my elders (church board) to You. Help us respect and honor them as they direct the affairs of our church. May they wholeheartedly give their attention to prayer and ministry of the Word. Keep them above reproach, devoted to their families, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable and able to teach. May they be gentle and honest as they deal with people.

Prayer #20

Lord, You have given us what seems like an impossible task with this passage. You have asked us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow You. Even when our spirits are willing, the flesh is weak. You know our hearts, Father. Help us, with Your Holy Spirit, to examine our hearts and hear from You. The longer we walk with You, the more we look like You. We desire to become more and more like You, less selfish and more selfless, willing to deny ourselves in any and all situations. You have told us that when we lose our life for Your sake, we will save it. Save us from ourselves, God.

Prayer #21

Lord, I lift up our love for one another as a body. Help us purify ourselves by obeying the truth so that our love for each other will be sincere, deep and from the heart. May our love for one another prove that we are Your disciples. Give us a spirit of unity so that we may glorify You with one heart and voice. Help us accept one another as we clothe ourselves in love.

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