Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Second Sunday of January 2019

A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, one of my greatest joys as a pastor is to baptize someone who has come to know Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. This Sunday I am impressed to remember the baptism of Jesus by John as His testimony to the joy of the new life, and his commissioning to go forward in ministry in Your name. May I boldly proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name this Sunday and encourage new believers to follow the example of Jesus and be baptized as their first public testimony of their new-found faith. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, today we as a congregation are urged to remember our baptism. For some of us it was as children or teenagers. For others it was as adults. In any case it was our first public testimony to our new-found faith in You through Jesus Christ. For too many of us it was the last time we publicly proclaimed our faith in You. Please help us to find the courage to be persons who authentically and genuinely proclaims our faith in You and share the joy of walking with Jesus. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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