Our Prayers for 2017
Many churches today have core values. Here at IDC we have Things We want to be True. These are what we believe to be biblical longings that can serve as Guiding Principals for our church. One of the things we want to be true of Imago Dei Church is that we would be A Praying Church.
At the beginning of each year, we seek the Lord to guide us to a few powerful petitions that we can gather around as a church.
These are our Prayers for 2017.
Unity of Spirit.
You don’t have to be a member of a local church for long to find that unity is only achieved through diligent prayer. Satan aims to fracture us by disagreement and disappointment because he knows it will bring division to God’s church.
Just as every home needs regular maintenance to be whole, every spiritual house needs regular prayer to be unified.
“Be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
– Ephesians 4:3
Purity in Heart.
This is a pressing issue in the heart of every believer. We don’t know if there is such a thing as a perfectly pure motive this side of heaven. Yet by God’s grace, He intends for us to strive for purity in our hearts, hands, and heads.
Through the Spirit of Christ and His transformative Word, we are perfectly equipped to fight for purity.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
– Matthew 5:8
Maturity in Christ.
God’s will for His church is that she would be presented mature in Christ (Col 1:28). We hunger for growth in Christian maturity at IDC. That’s why we seek godly servants and leaders for body.
Our prayer is for God to raise up mature church members who would seek the maturity of other church members.
“Until we attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
– Ephesians 4:13,15
Perseverance in Doing Spiritual Good.
The joyous pattern of Christian labor is Sowing… Waiting… And finally Reaping. It’s in those seasons of sowing and waiting that we insert this prayer for perseverance.
God does not intend for us to be inactive while we wait for the fruit of ministry. He empowers us to keep sowing! So our prayer is modeled after Paul’s encouragement to the Galatians.
“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So the, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are in the household of faith.”
– Galatians 6:9-10