21 Powerful Intercessory Prayers for the Church

Prayer and reading God’s word are everything in the Christian life. Praying for those that lead and attend our church is 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 a blessing.

Joyful Church Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, the church is your beloved bride and we look to you to lead your people. We ask that your word would be clearly and faithfully proclaimed in your church and that, through it, we would be challenged, encouraged and changed. We pray that our leaders would be protected from temptation, complacency and idolatry. We ask that your church would be filled with joy as we sing your praises as we gather together. Fill our prayers with confidence in your mighty power and fill your people with your Holy Spirit.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

City on a Hill Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that you are the resurrection and the life, death holds no power over you. In your name, you have gathered your people to form the church. Your life and love are seen in the life and love of Christians within that church. May your church be like a city on a hill, shining your light into the darkness of the world. Neither death or life, angels or rulers, things present or future, height or depth, or anything else in all creation, will be able to separate your people from your love. Through your mighty name, Amen.

Church Community Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are the light of the world, guiding our steps on your path. Your word says that you are a Good Father who gives us good gifts. Thank you for the gift of the church, a community of your children that you have gathered together to worship, serve, pray and love. Give us strength to live as ambassadors for you in the world. Lord, bless your church and keep us pure, make your face shine upon us. Turn your face towards us and give us peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Christ’s Body Prayer
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, thank you that you are great and abundant in power, your understanding is beyond measure. In your wisdom, you have created the church, described as Christ’s body. May we work together as members of one body, using the gifts and abilities you have given us to faithfully love and serve one another. Would we find our strength from Jesus, the head of the body. May the Lord make us increase and abound in love for each other. May you establish our hearts as blameless in holiness before you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Christ’s Bride Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that you know my every need. Your word says that the church is your bride. Your people have been washed clean and purified by your blood. Your people have been clothed in your righteousness. You love the church, you died for the church, you pray for the church, you sustain the church. Hear my prayer and fill your people with the knowledge and experience of your love. You are the God of endurance and encouragement. Help us to live in harmony with one another, that together we may with one voice glorify you. In your powerful name, Amen.

God’s House Prayer
Faithful Father, thank you that you have plans for your church that are for our good and your glory. The Bible says the church is your house, you dwell in the midst of your people. Let us be built on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. Let us be built together in a way that honors you. May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith so that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may have the strength to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Build Your Church Prayer
Mighty God, thank you that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Jesus said that he would build the church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. Lord, fill your church with the security that comes from knowing we are protected by you. Fill us, too, with boldness to reach others. You are able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us. To you be glory throughout all generations, forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Living Stones Prayer
O Lord my God, thank you that you give the gift of abundant, eternal life. The Bible says that your people are like living stones being built together into your house, the church. Please help us to live and love together in a way that brings glory to your name. May the word of Christ dwell in us, teaching us in all wisdom. Whatever we do, in word or deed, may we do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, the Father. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Bless Your Church Prayer
Lord, my Rock and Redeemer, thank you that you know me and you love me. Your word says that your people are to love one another, serve one another, honor one another, teach one another, rebuke one another and build one another up. Would you bless your church that we can fulfill these commands with one another and help each other grow in our faith. May the Lord make us increase and abound in love for each other. May you establish our hearts as blameless in holiness before you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Protect Your Church Prayer
Heavenly Father, protect your church from attacks and persecution. Use your church to provide a haven of safety and refuge for those in need. Use your church to extend your kingdom in this world. Use your church to bless the communities in which they are placed. Use your church to refresh and revive the weary and hurting. Use your church to equip your people for works of love and service. Use your church to proclaim the joyous message of the gospel. Use your church to demonstrate your faithfulness to a watching world.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

God’s People Prayer
Creator God, thank you that you are faithful to fulfill all your promises. You have said that you dwell in the hearts of your people through the presence of your Holy Spirit. When your church gathers together, you are in the midst of us. Hear our prayer and strengthen your church, Lord. You are the God of peace. May you sanctify us completely, and may our whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. You, who called us, are faithful to the end. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Establish Your Church Prayer
Loving Father, thank you that you are great and abundant in power, your understanding is beyond measure. You have promised that you will fight for us while we remain still, rooted in you. Please protect your church, Lord, from the attacks of the enemy. Root out the sin that causes relational conflict that can harm your church. Fill your people with love and humility. May the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort our hearts and establish us in every good work. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Church Growth Prayer
Generous Father, thank you that you are our protector and provider. You have said that when we call on you in prayer, you will listen to us. Hear our prayer for the growth of your church. May we see people respond to you in repentance and faith and be added to your people. We may work and labor, but it is you who gives growth. You are the Sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light. To you be honor and eternal dominion. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Church Leadership Prayer
All-Knowing God, thank you that you are our shield and strength. Your word says that you will bless your church abundantly. Please protect our church leaders from attack, and fill them with fresh vision as they shepherd your people. Strengthen their spirit and restore their souls through the work of your Holy Spirit. May they find rest in your loving care.  May the love of the Father, the tenderness of the Son, and the presence of the Spirit, gladden our hearts and bring peace to our soul, today and for all days. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Strengthen Your Church Prayer
Merciful God, thank you that your work is perfect, your ways are just, you are a God of faithfulness. Your word says that you are near to all who call on you, to all who call on you in truth. We call on you to strengthen your church. Use your people to bring your blessing to the communities in which they live. May you, the God of all grace, who has called us into eternal glory by Christ Jesus, make the church holy, strong and filled with peace. To you be glory and honor, forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Community of Love Prayer
Lord of the Nations, thank you that you do not change, you remain the same from before the beginning of time into eternity. Your word says that you are good to all; you have compassion on all you have made. Give us, your people, a great love for your body, the church. May we love, serve and worship together, being filled with faithfulness and joy. May we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To you be glory, both now and forever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Financial Blessing Prayer
God of the Universe, thank you that every good and perfect gift comes from you, the Father of lights. Your word says that those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Please bless your church financially that your work may continue in this world. Inspire your people to give generously to support the ministry of the church. May we know your provision for all our needs. Hear our prayer and show favor to your church. May we see your beauty, feel your love, know your wisdom and experience your power. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Gather Together Prayer
Everlasting Father, thank you that there is nowhere I can go that is beyond your presence. The Bible says that we should not give up the habit of meeting together, but should persevere in encouraging one another. Strengthen your church through the attendance of your people. May we be filled with a desire to support and encourage one another in love and service to you. May your peace be in our hearts, your grace be in our words, your love be in our hands and your joy be in our soul. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Fruitful Church Prayer
Prince of Peace, thank you that we are never alone, your presence calms the troubled sea of our lives and speaks peace to our soul. Your word says that, if we abide in you, we will produce much fruit. We ask that you would make your church fruitful as we seek to build each other up into maturity in Christ. Hear our prayer, Lord. May your love be the passion in our hearts. May your joy be our strength when times are hard. May your presence be our peace that overflows. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Unity Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for your great love for the church. We pray that your people would have unity amid diversity and would love each other faithfully regardless of culture or background. We ask that your church would produce mature disciples of Jesus who would spread the gospel message across the world. We pray that you would raise up godly and reliable leaders to shepherd your people. We ask that your church would display a hunger for your word and for your spirit. We ask that you would develop and sustain deep, meaningful relationships throughout your church that are used to demonstrate your love to a watching world.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Communities of Grace
Everlasting Father, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, we thank you that our prayers for the church can call on your never-ending love for your people. All across the world, we pray that you would be drawing people towards yourself and gathering them in churches where they can be faithfully discipled. We pray that churches across the globe would be attractive communities of grace that demonstrate your character to others. We pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are undergoing persecution and ask that you give them the strength they need to endure.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Author Bio
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years. If you would like to reach out to contact Natalie, then go here to send her a message.