Praying for Your Church

I truly believe that it’s very important for believers to pray for the worship services of the church they attend. That’s a discipline that helps the effectiveness of the church’s ministry tremendously.

One thing I like about the church I attend is that, by mid-week, they post the bulletin or worship folder for Sunday on their website. I can read the Order of Service, look up the hymns in my copy of the hymnbook, study the Scripture passages, take note of the sermon title, read who will participate in the various aspects of the worship service, and generally become familiar, well in advance, of what to expect when I arrive for worship.

Then, I set aside specific times to pray for each aspect of the worship service, for those participating, and particularly for the pastor who will preach. I ask God to bless that worship service in a special way, to anoint the preaching pastor, and to give the congregation a strong sense of His Presence.

Let me suggest that you do this, as well, for your church. You will find that, when you arrive for worship, you will have a genuine excitement, as you anticipate seeing how God will have answered your prayers.


I am grateful that I continue to hear how positively readers are responding to my latest book entitled The Sermon Sucking Black Hole—Why You Can’t Remember on Monday What Your Minister Preached on Sunday. This book is available at by clicking here.

In this book, I offer some solid tips to the people sitting in the congregation to help them remember what their pastor has said from the pulpit.

You will find a variety of other helpful resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries website. Please click here.


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