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Local Church

Key Scripture: “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him, And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body…That there should be no schism in the body; but the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. Or one member be honored, all he members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Corinthiansb12”:18, 19, 20, 25-27).

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the local church. Help me to find my place in your body and to give faithful service there. I know that I need my fellow-believers. May I never forsake the assembling together of your local body1.

Pour your grace upon this local church. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we may know you better each day than the day before.  Strengthen us with power by your Spirit and fill us with all your fullness and grace. So work in us that the fruit of your Spirit is experience in purity and godliness. Help us to see that we are one body in You, Lord, and and to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Teach us to rejoice with each other, to suffer with each other and to accept and encourage each other. Knot our hearts together in love.

Empower us by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses for You. Grant us to speak your Word with all boldness. Let your Word have free course, grow mightily and prevail throughout this community.

Lord, You said that the gates of hell would not prevail against Your church, therefore, I ask that all the influence of darkness in this community be broken and destroyed. Let Your Holy Spirit move in such power that multitudes are saved and every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Father, make your grace abound toward your people. Give them good paying, stable jobs. Bless them with a willingness and ability to give their tithes and offerings with a generous and cheerful heart.

Lord Jesus, we love you because you first loved us. Help every one of us to truly love one another as you have loves us In this way all men will know that we are yur disciples.

O that people would learn to praise you for your goodness, Lord, and for your wonderful works to the children of men. Let people come to your sanctuary to exalt you and praise you. Let us share your life as we worship You.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

References: Hebrews 10:25; Galatians 1:17; Ephesians 3:16,19; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 4:3,4; Colossians 2:2; Acts 1:8; Acts 4: 29; 2 Thessalonians 3;1; Acts 19:20; Matthew 16:18; Philippians 210,11; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; 1 John 4:19; John 13:34-35; Psalms 107:8