7 Ways to Pray for our Church
As we prepare for our first Sunday service this month, and our first year together as Eastside Community Church, we would love to have as many people praying for us as we can. Here are 7 specific ways you can pray for us today, and throughout the year.
1. For us to desire God more than anything
Pray that we don't get caught up in the “fast, famous, and large” mentality as we start this church, with an unhealthy focus on numbers or growth. That more than anything we would desire intimacy with God and get a hunger for his kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).
2. For unity and humility as we face challenges
We will face challenges and trials, and our faith will be tested, and our flesh will be tempted. Pray that in our first year we would establish a godly foundation of humility, and when things get hard we would resist the temptation to envy one another, judge on another, assume the worst of each other, and gossip about each other. That by the power of the Holy Spirit we would be unified in Christ, and stand firm in the gospel (Phil. 1:27).
3. For our young men and women to be discipled well and developed into leaders
We have a wonderful group of young adults, single and married, several of whom will be leading ministries, and Community Groups. Some hope to be developed as future pastors, church planters, and missionaries. Pray that our older believers be faithful to invest in our young adults, to make disciples who make disciples and develop godly leaders for gospel ministry.
“Pray that our older believers be faithful to invest in our young adults, to make disciples who make disciples and develop godly leaders for gospel ministry.”
4. For our marriages to be strengthened
It seems like one of the biggest targets of spiritual attack is marriages, which are meant to be a picture of the gospel (Eph. 5:25) and the environment where children are meant to be lovingly raised as godly disciples. Please pray for our marriages, that we would remain faithful to Jesus and to our spouses, and that our imperfect, growing-in-grace marriages give a sense of the gospel to our community.
5. For our children to be protected
We also have many children in our church, some of them very young (2 and under). Jesus loves children and wants children to come to him, and made it clear that we have a lot to learn from them as well. Pray that God would protect our children from the enemy, and from the worldly culture so present in our city, and help them grow to love God. That they would participate in our community and love Jesus, love church, and not swerve away.
6. For the poor and suffering in our community to find hope and salvation in Christ
There are 7 government assisted housing projects with over 2,000 people there. Within these low-income communities, 90% of families do not have a father in the home and Mission Possible (the non-profit we are partnering with) does a lot of ministry to these families. In addition to this, Mission Possible also ministers to the growing homeless community in our city. Please pray that our church would share the heart of God, to care for widows, the fatherless, and the suffering (Ps. 68:5, Jas. 1:27).
“Please pray that our church would share the heart of God, to care for widows, the fatherless, and the suffering.”
7. For the young, modern skeptics moving into East Austin to come to Christ
Pray for the singles, young marrieds, and new families that are moving to the Eastside everyday, most of whom are agnostic or apathetic toward God, and skeptical of anything "religious." Pray that we would welcome them into our community, and that we would be able to faithfully share the gospel while demonstrating it with our lives, love, and hospitality. Pray the unchurched and “de-churched” population in our community would come to true knowledge of God and saving faith in Jesus Christ.