Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
(prefer a physical copy? you can access a printable, foldable version of this prayer guide here.)
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“And after this, when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast the demon out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
“Sometimes you can’t do it except by prayer and fasting.” - Paul Pent
Congregational Bible Prayer (say together)
A Prayer from Psalm 149:1-4
“Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.
Let men rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of God be joyful in their King.
Let us praise His name with the dance;
Let us sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Praise the Lord!”
Bible Prayer Story & Principle
“28 Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.” (Judges 16:28-30)
Sometimes it’s scary when God is cleansing a nation of idolatry and fornication, but stay strong in prayer for God’s glory.
Prayer for the Nations
Lord, we pray that by your grace you would strengthen your church in India to “approve the things that are excellent, that they may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:10-11)
To that end, we pray for…
Father, we pray that you would win over hearts and minds among the influential city of Mumbai - India’s economic and cultural center - so that many more across India and the world would see their good works and turn to you.
Jesus, we pray that you would strengthen the Christians in this region which make up one-third of population, that their faith may be fruitful and multiply..
Holy Spirit, we praise you for the vast number of Christians in this region (70% of the population), and ask that you would raise up and send godly leadership to keep your church in Meghalaya faithful.
Lord, we pray that you would use the vast number of Christians in Mizoram (87% claim to be Christian) to mightily bless their neighbors and share their faith boldly.
Father, thank you for opening the door to such a prolific response to your gospel in this region (90% Christian); we ask that you would send out faithful laborers from your church in Nagaland to see many others in unreached areas come to you.
Jesus, we pray that you would strengthen and bless your church in Orissa to endure hardships and remain faithful to you in the face of great persecution.
Holy Spirit, thank you for renewed openness to the gospel in this region; we pray that this openness would result in many coming to faith through Christ.
Lord, protect and strengthen the small percentage of Christians in this region (less than 1%), and continue to add to your church in Rajasthan.
Father, give great wisdom to Sikkim Christians to leverage the religious freedom in this region reach their neighbors effectively and creatively with the gospel.
Jesus, we pray that you would encourage your people in light of the Hindu extremism which oppresses them, and overthrow the wicked who wish to destroy your church in Tamil Nadu.
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would use immigration which has created open doors for the gospel to multiply your Kingdom in Tripura.
Lord, we pray that you would raise up vocal Christians to bring many to you in this region under the influence of Hindu.
Father, establish and strengthen your church here to lead this corner of India to see that freedom comes from you alone.
Jesus, the Bengalis are one of the world’s largest unreached ethnic group; break down barriers and send faithful laborers to win over this region with the gospel.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, who hates nothing made by your hands and forgives the sins of all those who seek after your mercy, create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, turning from our sins and acknowledging our unrighteousness, may obtain through your mercy perfect remission and forgiveness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Command of Christ
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)
Confessional Prayer - Forgiveness
“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33)
“Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 15:33)