Here’s a prayer for church leaders and Bible teachers …
Lord, I rejoice to suffering for your people
…..and I accept more of Christ’s afflictions
….for the sake of his body, the church.
You have commissioned me
….to be a servant of the church,
to present to your people your word in its fulness –
….the mystery once hidden
….that is now revealed to the saints.
To them you have chosen to make known
….among the nations
….the glorious riches of this mystery:
….Christ in us, the hope of glory.
Enable me to proclaim Christ,
….with all wisdom,
so that I may present everyone prefect in Christ.
Energize me, work in me powerfully
….so I can toil and struggle in this task.
May they be encouraged in heart
….and united in love.
May they have all the riches of full assurance
….and full understanding of Christ,
discovering in him
….all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Based on Colossians 1:24-2:3.