7 Days of Prayer: Thursday

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Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. ~1 Peter 4:10

God you are the Father who gives good gifts to your children. Your church is amazingly full of gifted people who have talents that can be used to glorify your name. Help us to use our gifts widely, serving in faith and sharing your grace. You have assembled people with gifts within the Body of Christ just where you would want them to be!

God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. ~1 Corinthians 12:18

Forgive us, Lord, that the abilities you gave us gather dust and rust from lack of use.

Forgive us when we have withheld our talents because of personal issues or problems with others.

Forgive us when we have justified laziness and neglect of your church and allowed our talents to lie dormant.

Enliven us Father! Stir us up Lord as you did in the days of the prophet Haggai!

And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel… and the spirit of Joshua …and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God… ~Haggai 1:14

Stir up our spirits until we are ready to work on the house of the Lord, the Church! I pray Lord that we will be zealous for your work and that everything we do for you will be done with excellence and fervor!

Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord …you serve the Lord Christ. ~Colossians 3:23-24

I pray we will appreciate the diversity of gifts present within the church and celebrate their use for your Kingdom! Let us never stand in the way of the energetic efforts of those who are moved to reach out for you!

We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. ~Romans 12:6-8

Thank you for all of these talents!

Thank you for each one who puts them to use!

Thank you for the new and amazing ways that are about to awaken in the light and strength of Jesus Christ because we have prayed this prayer and left the answer in your strong hands! Amen!

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