Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Fifth Sunday, July 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, when I preach and teach about people receiving salvation and then learning more and more each day how to follow Jesus, what should I expect? What should I be looking for? Am I to expect them to walk on water? To heal sickness? To become great evangelists? To be more like me? Oh, I hope not. Help me to nurture them in such a way that they learn to hear your voice speaking into their lives and become more like Jesus every day. Help me do that too. In the name of Jesus. I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, I feel for the first time in my life as a Christian, I now understand there is a difference between being saved and following Jesus. You are my personal Savior and Lord. I worship and praise You regularly. I now realize that is not enough. I have been living a cultural life rather than a Christ-like life. I practice life as a good church member. But, I have withheld parts of my life from You, and failed to be Christ-like in those parts. I now repent of not taking my salvation as serious as I should. Let me hear more clearly You voice speaking into my life. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.