In 2000, John Piper was serving as the senior pastor for preaching and vision of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.  He penned a prayer for his church as he viewed some of the needs of the congregation in that particular day.  His prayer is one that many other churches should consider praying in our present day.

“A Prayer for Our Church”

by:  John Piper

O Lord, by the truth of your Word, and the power of your Spirit and the ministry of your body, build men and women at Bethlehem . . .

    • Who don’t love the world more than God,
    • who don’t care if they make much money,
    • who don’t care if they own a house,
    • who don’t care if they have a new car or two cars,
    • who don’t need recent styles,
    • who don’t care if they get famous,
    • who don’t miss steak or fancy fare,
    • who don’t expect that life should be comfortable and easy,
    • who don’t feed their minds on TV each night,
    • who don’t measure truth with their finger in the wind,
    • who don’t get paralyzed by others’ disapproval,
    • who don’t return evil for evil,
    • who don’t hold grudges,
    • who don’t gossip,
    • who don’t twist the truth,
    • who don’t brag or boast,
    • who don’t whine or use body language to get pity,
    • who don’t criticize more than praise,
    • who don’t hang out in cliques,
    • who don’t eat too much or exercise too little;


  • who are ablaze for God,
  • who are utterly God-besotted,
  • who are filled with the Holy Spirit,
  • who strive to know the height and depth of Christ’s love,
  • who are crucified to the world and dead to sin,
  • who are purified by the Word and addicted to righteousness,
  • who are mighty in memorizing and using the Scriptures,
  • who keep the Lord’s Day holy and refreshing,
  • who are broken by the consciousness of sin,
  • who are thrilled by the wonder of free grace,
  • who are stunned into humble silence by the riches of God’s glory,
  • who are persevering constantly in prayer,
  • who are ruthless in self-denial,
  • who are fearless in public witness to Christ’s Lordship,
  • who are able to unmask error and blow away doctrinal haze,
  • who are tough in standing for the truth,
  • who are tender in touching hurting people,
  • who are passionate about reaching the peoples who have no church,
  • who are pro-life for the sake of babies and moms and dads and the glory of God,
  • who are keepers of all their promises, including marriage vows,
  • who are content with what they have and trusting the promises of God,
  • who are patient and kind and meek when life is hard.

Pressing for all there is in Christ,

Pastor John

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“A Prayer for Our Church” – on the Desiring God website.

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