Are you praying these 10 days of prayer?
Are you praying these 10 days of prayer? (Flickr/Don Christner)

We have ten days left in November and then only one month left in 2016. These next several weeks are often some of the busiest ones in the life of a church, especially as we prepare to celebrate our Lord's birth. Think about using this post to guide your church's praying for the rest of this month.

Day 1 – Pray for your church staff and leaders. Pray that all will be holy, passionate and evangelistic.

Day 2 – Pray for your church's small group leaders. Ask God to give them a caring heart, a teaching ability and a prayerful spirit. Pray they will willingly reproduce themselves and multiply their groups.

Day 3 – Pray for the children in your church. Pray your church will give them such grounding in the gospel they will always think about Christian faithfulness when confronted with the world's options.

Day 4 – Pray for the students in your church. Pray they will be vibrant witnesses in their schools. Ask the Lord to give them strength in temptation. Ask God to raise up a next generation of missionaries from your church. 

Day 5 – Pray for the couples in your church. Lift them up by name and pray for their marriages. Pray that each husband will love his wife as Christ loves the church (Eph. 5:25). Intercede especially for those couples you know are struggling. 

Day 6 – Pray Ephesians 6:18-20 and Colossians 4:2-4 for 10 leaders in your church. Ask God to give them boldness in sharing, clarity in message and others ready to hear. A few members with a thirst for evangelism can spark an awakening. 

Day 7 – Pray for new believers in your church. Ask the Lord to raise up disciplers for them. If your church does not have any new members, ask God to give your congregation a renewed heart for evangelism. 

Day 8 – Pray for your church to be a Great Commission-minded church. Prayerfully consider committing to interceding for an unreached people group around the world. If your congregation is already going to the nations, pray for more members to go.

Day 9 – Pray for more laborers in your church (Matt. 9:35-38). Jesus told us to pray this way, so obey His command. When you pray this way, you may find you seldom struggle in finding workers. 

Day 10 – Pray for your church's work during the Christmas season. Ask God to make Himself known in such a powerful way that your members, your community and the nations see His glory.   

Let us know if you're committing to pray this way. We'll join you in praying.

Chuck Lawless is dean and vice president of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he also serves as professor of evangelism and missions. In addition, he is global theological education consultant for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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