HOW TO START PRAYING FOR YOUR CHURCH
4 I am always thanking my God about you, because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 because of all the ways you were enriched in Him, with all kinds of words and all kinds of knowledge, 6 just as what people testify about Christ was confirmed by you, 7 resulting in the fact that you are not lacking in any gift, while you eagerly await the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, standing unaccused on the day our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord — is faithful to do this.
God working at church
Paul was about to let loose a torrent of criticism and correctional advice on the Corinthian church. So, to demonstrate that he was not just being overly critical and judgmental, he begins his letter with a prayer of gratitude for these same people. How could he do this, particularly seeing how dysfunctional and problematic the church had become? The key to thanking God for any church is what Paul found to be thankful for here. He thanked God for what God was doing at church.
1. God was providing supernatural messages and understanding to the Corinthian believers through their exercise of charismatic gifts.
2. God was using the Corinthians to confirm the gospel which others (including Paul) had testified to them.
3. God had instilled in the Corinthians an eager desire to see the second coming of Jesus Christ.
4. God had promised to sanctify them so thoroughly that when Jesus returned they would stand unaccused before him.
5. God had called the Corinthian believers into fellowship/partnership with Jesus Christ. He would be just as faithful to them as he is to his own Son.
LORD, show us what you are doing at our churches, and how to show our gratitude for it.