A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 2:1-10

Lord God Almighty, my Heavenly Father, when you made this world, You created it to be full of light and life. Yet through willful rebellion and disdain for Your perfect gifts, men chose darkness instead of light and death instead of life. 

Tragically, to my own hurt, I have continued in this pattern. Apart from Christ, I was dead in my trespasses and sins in which I once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 

I once lived in the passions of my flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind. Because of my sinful and subsequent choices, I was a child of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But You, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved me, even when I was dead in my trespasses, made me alive together with Christ! It is by grace that I have been saved. 

You, Lord, raised me up with Jesus and seated me with Him in the heavenly places. This has happened not because You have seen anything in me. It has happened because I am now in Christ Jesus. You did this so that in the coming ages, You will show the immeasurable riches of Your grace in kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.

It is by Your unfathomable grace that I have been saved through faith. This is not of my own doing; it is the gift of God. It is not a result of my works, so that I may never boast about anything I have done. 

You have made me Your workmanship, Your masterpiece, Your poem. I have been created anew in Christ Jesus for good works, things You have prepared in eternity past for me to do for You. 

Now, please help me today to demonstrate this new life that I have in Christ. Give me eyes to see the needs of others. Give me A heart that is burdened for others. And give me hands to serve my fellow man by walking boldly and joyfully with You to bless their lives with the good works You have created me to do. Amen. 

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 1:15-23

Dear Lord God, my heavenly Father,

I praise You for being the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. You have revealed Yourself as the Father through the Son by the Spirit. You have also revealed Your will through Your written Word. You have not hidden Yourself. You desire to be truly known.

Yet I did not know You as You really are. My eyes were blind. I was without hope. I had no inheritance. I was spiritually anemic. I had no personal, intimate insight into Your will, Your works, or Your ways. I did not choose to pursue You. In my willful spiritual ignorance, I was dead in my trespasses and sins. 

But You pursued me. You sent Christ to die on the cross. You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly places. There, He rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. Jesus is now in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments. Nothing is exempt from His rule – and not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all. He has the final word on everything. His name is above every name. Jesus is the supreme and authoritative Lord of all. 

Thank You for opening the eyes of my heart and giving me faith in the Lord Jesus. May the very core of my being be flooded with the light of Your truth by the Holy Spirit. O God, keep my eyes focused and clear, so that I can see exactly what it is You are calling me to do. Help me to grow in my knowledge of who You are and cherish the sure hope that I have – the riches of Your glorious, guaranteed inheritance.

Help me to access the immeasurable, the unlimited, and the surpassing greatness of Your dynamic power in me and in all who believe. I do not want to live in my own energy. Help me, instead to live according to the power You displayed when Jesus was raised from the dead. I proclaim that the same power that raised Jesus from the grave is the same power at work in me.  When I feel like I’m in a power struggle, remind me that I do not fight for power, but fight against fear, anxiety, discouragement, frustration and pride with power you have given me through Christ.

Lord, enable me to grasp the immensity of the glorious way of life You have for all who follow Jesus. Produce more and more love in me for all God’s people. Help me to live in such a way that my unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus and my outpouring of love to all God’s people will be seen and known by others. When others think of me, I want them to thank You.

Now, I ask You to empower the work of Your church. You have made Jesus the head of the church. And You have placed me in Your church as part of His body. May Jesus so speak and act through His church and through my life that He fills everything in the world with His presence.

Amen. 

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This prayer is based on the truths found in Ephesians 1:15-23. Some of the words and phrases are taken directly from the English Standard Version, the Amplified Bible, the Contemporary English Version, the PHILLIPS translation, The Message, and the New Living Translation.

How do I pray on this Presidential Inauguration Day?

by Lead Pastor Chad Allen

Today is our nation’s presidential inauguration day, and thousands of Christians will affirm the need to lift up our nation in prayer in this significant moment, especially in the midst of such a disheartening and volatile political environment.  But how should we pray?  Themes will revolve around peace for our nation, wisdom for our leaders, trust in God, healing for our land, and many other good and needed themes.  But today, I found myself also thinking of the moment when a disciple of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray. 

The prayer life of Jesus fascinated His followers.  Jesus prayed with precision, intimacy, power and insight like no other.  Of course He did, He is God in the flesh.  But we too have the ability to pray like Jesus did, because if we are in Christ, we are God’s children with an intimate relationship with God the Father, through His Son and in the power of His Spirit. SO, we too can pray with precision, intimacy, power and insight as well.  So how do we harness that kind of prayers for our nation?  Well, let’s go to the pace where Jesus responded to the request on how to pray and then apply them to our prayers for the United States.

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:1–4 (ESV)

This, as well as the other example of prayer gave us in Matthew 6:9-13 often called, “The Lord’s Prayer”, is not intended to be a collection of words and phrases that we memorize and then repetitiously and religious recite.  It was a template that Jesus gave as an example on how to approach God the Father and what type of themes we can pray around.  So, let’s look at how we can apply these verses to praying for our nation.

“Father, Hallowed be your name” –

Father, Your name alone is holy.  There is no other name that deserves the honor and reverence that Yours does.  We do not lift up any name above Yours.  We do not put our hope and trust in the name of any person in governmental authority.  No man or woman is like you are – holy, righteous, sovereign, just, loving, merciful and gracious.  So today Father, even though we pray for the hearts, minds and wills of our leaders, we do so with the complete belief and awareness that Your name is supreme, and that Jesus Christ is the name above all names on heaven and on earth.  No matter what names are in the headlines or what faces dominate our screens, may You find our faith, hope, trust, adoration and reverence for Your name without comparison or rival.

“Your kingdom come” –

Hundreds if not thousands of human kingdoms and empires have risen and fallen over humanity’s history.  Looking back, we see how foolish it is to wrap our identity, worth, value or hope in our nation.  We even admit that we can’t remember many of the issues that we seemed so passionate about just a few years ago, let alone decades.  What a reminder that it is Your kingdom that is active now, that is coming fully and finally in the near future and that it is Your kingdom that will stand forever.  Our heart’s greatest desire is for Your rule over the hearts and lives of people everywhere to continue to advance until Jesus returns and establishes the kingdom in complete perfection.  Father, please daily remind us that we are citizens of your kingdom first.  May we be found exceedingly guilty of putting You and Your kingdom above all other interests in our lives.  May Your kingdom, and that which reflects and advances Your kingdom be the first priority of our hearts.

“Give us each day our daily bread” –

It is Your hand oh Father that provides.  All our needs are met in You alone.  You use education, employment, government and the generosity of others to provide our most essential needs and resources.  Help us never to confuse who’s in charge and from Whom all resources flow.  We are grateful to live in a country that has the means to help those who need it, but we acknowledge that even that ability originates from Your hand.  So, Father help us not to fear, and not to stress about the One who provides our daily needs. Find us grateful and thankful each day for what You allow us to have and how you creatively provide it.

“and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us”” –

We are grateful that we are forgiven in Christ, and we acknowledge the value in continuing to agree with You, through confession to You, that when we drift into sinful attitudes and behaviors, it displeases You, hurts others, erodes our intimacy with You, and negatively impacts our credibility with those who do not Know You.  We confess that we have failed You in the areas above:

  • We confess that we have had moments where we put more trust in an incoming our outgoing President’s name above Yours. We confess that we have been guilty of speaking confidently about a man or woman in authority in a way we should have been speaking about Your name. Please forgive us
  • We confess that we have been found guilty of investing more words, energy, conversations and passion into a fading earthly kingdom rather than your now present and ever-coming eternal kingdom. We confess that thoughts we have thought, words we have said, and posts we have written have made us more of an evangelist for a human leader and for our country than and evangelist for the One who gave up His life for our sins and has secured a place for us in His kingdom.  Please forgive us
  • We confess that we are quick to be discontent, greedy, consumeristic, and worldly.  We confess how quickly we forget how even in our most impoverished state as an American, we are among the wealthiest in the world. We confess that our understanding between a “need” and a “want” has been blurred. Please forgive us
  • Father, we confess that we have hurt others with our words and opinions, both our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and those who need You.  We have been guilty of division, disunity, and earthly mindedness.  We are so grateful for the forgiveness of Christ and His blood that covers these sins.  Help us to repent, apologize and initiate and purse healing and reconciliation where needed because you have called us to a ministry that reconciles not injures.

“and lead us not into temptation” –

Father, You take no delight in our sins, or in the temptations that lead us to sin.  We know that today we will be tempted to sin in word and in deed, in thoughts and in actions.  We know that today there are unique landmines of temptation that await us, and which will detonate into hate, discouragement, fear or other sinful attitudes and behaviors.  Father, let us see the way out that you provide with each temptation as You have promised. Help us to not yield to the sinful invitations of today.  May the peace, hope, rest, joy and confidence that we have I Christ rule our hearts and minds this day.

I pray in the mightiest name, Jesus Christ, Amen!

I encourage you to take five to ten minutes and read the Luke 11:1-4 passage and pray through this prayer, not necessarily word for word, but theme by theme, thought by thought.  Make it your own.  Personalize it. Lean into it.  And on this day, when we hope and pray for a peaceful day for our nation, may your prayer time alone, or with others, refresh and fix your hope and trust in Christ no matter the highs and lows our nation goes through.

live new,

Chad Allen

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 1:11-14

Dear Lord God, 

You are worthy of all my praise. You have a purpose and a plan for everything, including me. You are always at work to accomplish Your perfect will. I have always been part of the overall purpose You are working out in everything and in everyone. It is Your purpose that will stand. You have always known the plans that You have had for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope. 

You long to lavish me with an undeserved inheritance! You have united me with Christ when I heard the word of truth and believed that Jesus died to pay for my sins and rose for my justification. You have enabled and empowered me to place my hope in Christ alone. In Christ, I have died to sin and I now live to righteousness so that I might bring praise and glory to Your name. 

You have put Your stamp of ownership on me by giving to me the Holy Spirit You promised to all who trust Jesus. The Holy Spirit is a down payment from You – the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that I’ll get everything else You have planned for me. He gave me Your Spirit so I could praise and glorify You.

Now, help me not quench or grieve Your Spirit. It’s not by my might or by my power that I seek to live this day, but by Your Spirit. Teach me to walk in the Spirit so that I will not carry out the desires of my flesh. Fill me with Your Spirit so I can bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in all my relationships. 

And as I live this way, in submission and obedience to Your indwelling Spirit, allow me to bring praise and glory to Your name. 

Amen.

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This prayer is based on the truths found in Ephesians 1:11-14. Some of the words and phrases are taken directly from the English Standard Version, The Message, the New Life Version, and the New Living Translation.

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 1:3-14

All praise, blessing, and honor belong to You, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are prepared to bless all who come to You through Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 

But rather than come to You, like a sheep that has gone astray, I have often chosen to go my own way. I have not been holy as You are holy. I am not blameless in Your sight. All of my righteousness is filthy rags.

Yet long before You laid down earth’s foundations, You had me in mind, had settled on me as the focus of Your love, to be made holy and to be seen as without fault through Christ.

In love You predestined me to be adopted to be Your child through Jesus Christ. You took pleasure in doing this, fulfilling Your plan for me, to the praise of Your glorious grace. You have blessed me immeasurably through Your Beloved Son. 

In Christ, I have been redeemed through His shed blood. I have been forgiven of my trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He has lavished upon me. 

Your plan to save me is a display of Your wisdom and understanding. You have made known to me the mystery You took such delight in unfolding. You revealed Your long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Christ, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

Because I am united with Christ, I have received an inheritance from You, for You chose me in advance, and You made everything work out according to Your plan so that I might live to the praise of Your glory.

And now that I have heard the truth, the Good News, You saved me and enabled me to believe in Christ. You have identified me as Your own by giving me the Holy Spirit, whom You promised long ago. Your Spirit is Your guarantee, the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that I will inherit everything You have planned for me. 

So, today, help me to live a life to the praise of Your glorious grace. Give the a passion to show and share Your gracious gospel to a world so desperately in need of You.

Amen

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This prayer is based on the truths found in Ephesians 1:3-14. Some of the words and phrases are taken directly from the English Standard Version, The Message, and the New Living Translation.

A Prayer for Election Day

by Lead Pastor Chad Allen

Heavenly Father, the hearts of all leaders, whether they be kings, queens, presidents, senators, governors, congressmen or judges,  are like streams of water in the palms of your hands. You direct them. You turn them (Prov. 21:1). You use every one of them to ultimately advance Your will and Your agenda that you’ve established from since the beginning of all creation. Help us all who follow Christ remember that truth during this time.

Instead of fear, anger or anxiety right now, we pray that you you would remind us that as far as you’re concerned, there’s nothing new under the sun. Whether it was Saul, David, Solomon, Pharaoh, Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, or Caesar Augustus or Nero or the long most of global leader in modern human history, You’ve dealt with them all. You’re not concerned. So help us rest in Your sovereignty. Father, we live in a land of great freedom, and we pray for our national leaders, that You would guide them in such a way that allows us to live peaceful and quiet lives, pursuing godliness and holiness (1 Tim 2:2). We also ask that you will give our future President wisdom, compassion, courage and godly convictions as he serves our country through his elected office, and for him to have a special concern in his heart for the vulnerable and defenseless from womb to tomb, and for the poor and marginalized and oppressed.  Father, we also pray that our ultimate trust would not fall upon temporal human leaders whose names and faces change, whose character is vulnerable to corruption, and whose laws and policies are not guaranteed to stand.  But may we, the beloved children of God, continue to look to You, our living hope, our unmovable rock, our unchanging God and our righteous and sovereign King.  And May we as Your bride, the church, move forward regardless of the outcome of the election, in faithfulness and unity and as the Gospel proclaiming salt and light of the earth.  In Jesus name, Amen!