Praying for Your Church, From Psalm 127

Psalm 127 teaches that God (Yahweh specifically) is the source of blessing for the home, the city, for one’s personal work — for every sphere of life. It also can be used as an outline to pray for your church:

— :1 “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it”
Pray that GOD would build His “house”, and that the labor of the ministers and staff would not be in vain.

— :1b “Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.”
Pray that God would guard the “city” which is His church, against false teaching, and against the attacks and divisions of Satan. Pray that the pastor, who is the church’s “watchman”, would not keep awake in vain.

— :2 “It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”
Pray that the pastor’s “rising early” would not be in vain; that God would give to him insights from his “labors” in the word.

— :3 “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Pray that the church would continue to value children and see them as “a gift of YHWH”, not a nuisance! Pray they would learn to worship God, be evangelized, discipled, and cared for.

— :4 “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.”
Pray that the children of the church — as well as others there — would indeed be “arrows in the hand of a warrior” — soldiers for God in spiritual battles.

— :5 “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”
Pray that the “quiver” of the church would be full, of children and others; that worship would be full and attendance would grow.
Pray that the pastor and the leadership would not be ashamed when they speak with others, because the “quiver” is full, the budget is provided, and the work is blessed and well.

And remember that as this Psalm teaches, ALL of these blessings are a gift of the LORD. Let us look to HIM as the source of every blessing we seek: personally, in our families, our communities — and in our churches as well!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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