This was the prayer over Legacy Church when we launched on February 7, 2016.
Heavenly Father, Scripture states in Matthew 16 that your Son - Jesus Christ - the Chief Cornerstone will build His Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Today, this morning, this moment, we stand here as a testament to that declaration. What Jesus spoke 2000 years ago is still happening today, and we stand with confidence in the building of this church body because it’s not built on a foundation that’s temporary or like sand, but Legacy Church is built on the Rock of Ages, and it’s built by the hand of the Righteous Architect, and it’s built on the power of the Conqueror of Death - our Resurrected King. This church is greater than ourselves, and we pray that every word we speak and every action we do point to the endless grace and captivating love of our Savior Jesus Christ -- who is the one true God, the great Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all things.
El Shaddai - our God Almighty - we gather today to proclaim your great and matchless name, and we thank you for going before us. With humble hearts we request that you strengthen us to invest the hope of Jesus - who is our Bread of Life - into the many lives and generations in Greene county, and this region, and this world. And I pray that thousands and tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands and even millions and hundreds of millions of people would be impacted by the Holy Spirit’s work in this church body. And one day when every single person in this room is gathered in heaven together, we would share endless stories of your transforming work, and we would meet people we never knew on earth who were influenced by your work in Legacy Church. And we will join the great cloud of witnesses in cheering on the saints of Legacy Church and the many church plants from it as they continue to invest in more generations than we can ever imagine as they share the message of Jesus’ grace to a created mankind undeserving of wonderful salvation that Jesus provides.
As the pastor of this church under the authority of the True Pastor-Shepherd Jesus Christ, I pray a prayer of protection of this body. Guard us from the spiritual diseases of disunity, gossip, adultery, rivalry, drunkenness, jealousy, heresy, and unholy anger. Guard it by the blood of Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith!
Oh Adonai - our LORD - we believe you are ready to draw many people to experience true life - eternal life - through the proclamation of your majestic name and Christ’s work on the cross. And the only thing that will stop your work is us...not you. You are ready to work, and so we stand right now as laborers for the harvest, equipped and ready to be used to the fullest as long as you give us breath in our lungs. We do not stand flippantly nor do we stand on our own wisdom, but we stand as the assembly of your people called by Mighty God in this moment of history, ready to do any task that you call us to do. Here we are God, send us.
And we pray all of this by the power of the sacrificial & living-giving blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. And all God’s people said, Amen.