Join with us for a five-week season of prayer each weekday from 12:00 to 12:10pm. Specifically, we are praying for eyes to see who God has for us, where He has us, and where He is leading us. As you move through the guided prayers**, we’d encourage you to keep a journal to record your journey.
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The fifth week starts on June 10, and the theme is A Growing Church. We will be focusing on 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 this week.
Day One – Many Types Of Churches
The Lord has assigned to each his task. (verse 5)
Reaching a city for Christ requires a whole gospel ecosystem, with different churches all playing their various parts as the Lord assigns them. Pray for gospel-centered churches across your city in many forms: established churches and new churches, church plants and church revitalizations, larger churches and smaller churches.
Day Two – Many Types Of Worker
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. (verse 6)
Thank God for specific ways he has been growing your church in numbers or maturity. Ask him to raise up more workers with different gifts across your city. Pray that through their different gifts, God would plant, water and make the gospel grow.
Day Three – One Source Of Growth
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (verse 7)
Only God can make churches grow – pray that this truth would stir up a movement of prayer and faith filled church planting across your city. Pray that through this, there would be genuine gospel growth to God’s glory.
Day Four – One Spirit Of Unity
The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose. (verse 8)
Pray for more and more visible expressions of gospel unity between churches in your city. Our churches are so often prone towards tribalism and self-interest. Pray that instead, churches would be united across denominations and styles by the word of God and the person of Christ, as we work towards “one purpose”.
Day Five – One Goal
You are God’s field, God’s building. (verse 9)
“God’s field” is a picture of fruitfulness and growth: pray that there would be much gospel fruit and vibrant growth in the churches across your city. “God’s building” is a picture of strength and stability: pray that the churches in your city would be built up and mature, standing on the firm foundation of Christ.
**Selected readings from 5 Things to Pray for Your City by P. Nicholas and H. Thorne