Here are 5 of the prayers that I pray often for our church. Will you pray with me?
1. Focus on the Mission
I pray that we never lose sight of the mission of the church, which is to make Christ followers and to serve. It is very easy (especially in our society) to get distracted by all the other things that we think a church should be doing. If we are not careful we can chase a lot of good things, while missing the basic things the church is called to do. I pray we never fill our calendars with an event or put emphasis on things that do not support the core mission of the church.
I pray that we promote unity inside the Christian body. It does not take long to hear about senseless fighting that goes on inside individual Christian churches. There is a need for truth (which is my third prayer), but often times our arguments consist of debates that divide the body and distract us from the mission at hand. There are times and places for healthy debate, but I pray we steer clear of senseless arguing and finger pointing. On the other hand, I pray we learn to stand together with our brothers and sisters in Christ, even when we don’t see eye to eye on the non-essentials.
I pray we never shy away from the truth found in Scripture. Let’s face it, the truth of the Bible is far from attractive in our culture. Yet we do not get to decide which truths we would like to teach, and which truths we would rather ignore. God calls the church to be a beacon of truth, and I pray we will stand strong and confident that His truth is for our good.
I pray we represent the grace of God well. God’s grace is not something we fully understand, but in Christ we get a glimpse of how far His grace reaches. As a church we should exhibit the grace of Christ in every way possible. Often, as a church we tend to commit more to truth and less to grace, or more to grace and less to truth. Both are wrong. I pray we live in balanced tension of grace and truth, which will allow us to speak truth to others while at the same time showing them grace.
I pray that God continues to give us strong leaders at Praxis. A church can live and die by its leadership. It is our job as leaders to foster an environment where other leaders can be trained then empowered to do the work we are called to do. I pray for our existing leadership, that we never take this honor for granted, and that we never lose our sense of humility.