The Privileged Life: Pray for God’s People

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you…the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:1,3)

I’m one of those attention-deficit people who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time…which makes me most appreciative of folks who can walk and pray at the same time. Their “prayer walks” are meaningful to me.

Our church is blessed with several members who have consistently met, outside of normal worship services, to pray over our members and staff. During our church’s quest for a new pastor, some of them frequently walked around our building whenever the search committee was meeting.

Prayer walks around a physical structure are significant, even as we recognize that the real church is comprised of the humans who gather there—Christ’s body on earth. Prayers for God’s people anytime, whether we’re walking or not, are precious to Him.

Our church reminds members of prayer needs for individuals, and I’m glad to lift these up. But I admit I’ve been a bit negligent lately in praying for our whole church. 

Want to join me in a renewed effort to pray for fellow believers? Here’s a printable list of prayer ideas—maybe you can pray through these as you walk around your own church:

Like any parent, God loves harmony, humility, generosity, servanthood, kindness, and above all, brotherly love among His children. We offer our praise to Him when we pray together for each other.

Let’s call upon Him, every Sabbath and every day of the week, to bless His church—for His will to be done for us here on earth as it is in heaven. May we rejoice in seeing His Holy Spirit spread among us like wind and wildfire!

Holy God—our Lord, Savior, and Guide—bless my church today with Your grace and favor. Renew our hearts with Your Holy Spirit, and propel us into Your kingdom work. May Your love be poured out to others through us, and may Your name be blessed forever in our midst. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Nancy C. Williams is a Christian wife/mom with a writing career spanning more than 40 years in business and journalism. Williams is the author of the novel To Love a Falcon and the devotional book A Crocus in the Desert: Devotions, Stories, and Prayers for Women Experiencing Infertility. Her weekly blogs are featured on To follow Nancy’s posts and news, go to her home page at and subscribe at the bottom. 

© Copyright 2024 Nancy C. Williams, Lightbourne Creative (text and photography) Unless otherwise noted, Scripture verses are taken from the New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. #HolySpirit #prayersforchurches #prayforthepersecuted #persecutedchurch #prayerlife #churchlife #loveyourchurch

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