Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
“If God can turn death into life, he can turn something beautiful out of a lost, dark and messy life.” - Paul Tripp
Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)
A Prayer from Psalm 98
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”
Bible Prayer Story
Moses and the Bronze Serpent - Numbers 21: 4-9; John 3: 13-21
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we pray for your Church and the 1,433,783,686 people of China (over than 4x more than that of the USA) spread out across 34 different Provinces, Autonomous Regions, and Municipalities. You are the Lord of the Harvest, and we trust the salvation of those who have not yet heard of you or looked to you is in your hands; however, we know that this work is ours to share in, so we ask that our prayers, our support of foreign missions, and our own actions to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19) would be fruitful so that it may be in China as it is in Heaven. To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
Anhui Province (Secretary Li Jinbin)
Population: 62,000,000 (5.30% Christian)
Lord, we pray for just governance that will uplift the millions of impoverished in Anhui. May Anhui Christians be an integral part of caring for the poor, and may your love be known by their generosity and the love they show.
Beijing Municipality (Secretary Cai Qi)
Population: 21,542,000 (0.78% Christian)
Holy Spirit, we praise you for the quiet but steady growth occurring among the Beijing church and ask that you would continue to grow your church in this highly influential city. We know that people in Beijing are hurting and searching for you; we pray that through your church and the working of miracles by your hand that you would open the door to those seeking you.
Chongqing Municipality (Secretary Chen Min'er)
Population: 30,484,300 (1.05% Christian)
Jesus, we pray for continued increases in Christian outreach and presence in this spiritually needy city. May you raise up leaders and multiply faithful believers among this rapidly expanding church planted in a sifting culture.
Fujian Province (Secretary Yu Weiguo)
Population: 38,565,000 (3.50% Christian)
Father, we pray that you would use the deep ancestral connection among the Fujian Province and her global diaspora of people from this region to extend the gospel, both at home and abroad for the Fujian Chinese in Taiwan and around the world.
Guangdong Province (Secretary Li Xi)
Population: 113,460,000 (1.00% Christian)
Lord, we pray that you would work for heart change in individuals and Guangdong society for their good and your glory. May your gospel reach into the astonishing levels of corruption, exploitation, sexual immorality, and drug abuse that runs rampant in this Province.
Gansu Province (Secretary Lin Duo)
Population: 25,575,254 (0.50% Christian)
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would raise up laborers and send them to this least evangelized Province in China. Let your Kingdom come in Gansu.
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Secretary Lu Xinshe)
Population: 48,380,000 (0.26% Christian)
Jesus, we praise you for growth among the house churches in this region. We pray that you would continue to send Christians to carry the light of the gospel to the darkest and most remote corners of this still heavily unreached region.
Guizhou Province (Secretary Sun Zhigang)
Population: 34,746,468 (0.99% Christian)
Father, we pray that the local ethnic minorities of Christians would be bold in sharing the gospel with their unreached neighbors. Send church leaders and gospel partners to help multiply faithful followers in this Province.
Henan Province (Secretary Wang Guosheng)
Population: 95,324,200 (6.10% Christian)
Lord, we praise you for the revival happening in the Henan Province, and Henan now has the highest Christian population in China, with surveys suggesting the population could be closer to 10% now! Continue to transform the hearts and minds of this Province, inviting more people into your feast (Luke 14: 12-24), that the gospel may spread to all neighboring Provinces in China. All glory be to Christ!
Hubei Province (Secretary Jiang Chaoliang)
Population: 58,500,000 (0.58% Christian)
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would shatter the political, ideological, and spiritual chains that bind the Hubei people and hinder the growth of your church.
Hebei Province (Secretary Wang Dongfeng)
Population: 74,700,500 (3.05% Christian)
Jesus, we thank you for the work of the Catholic church to make the gospel and your presence known in Hebei, resulting in this Province having the largest Catholic population in China. We pray for the protection of your followers amid persecution from the Chinese Communist government, and we pray that you would be near to and comfort those in prison for their faith.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for those who we are celebrating the baptisms of, that you would daily renew their hearts and minds, fill their spirits with joy, give them endurance to run the race of faith well, and that by your grace “the sharing of [their] faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.” (Philemon 1: 6)
Command of Christ
“Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple..” (Luke 14: 33)
Confession for Forgiveness
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139: 23-24)
“Love the Lord your God, obey his voice and hold fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 30: 20)