This weekend we gathered for our Raise the Mark service where our church comes together for an extended time of prayer, praise, and proclamation of what God has been doing in and through our body. During our time, we asked people to break up into small groups and pray through the prayer guide they received inside the Watermark News.
We realize not everyone was able to be a part of our time together so we are posting the prayer guide for you use as a reminder to pray. Gather your community group and/or your family to pray for our church and for the Church to be the Church to those God puts in your path every single day.
We hope you find it useful and we look forward to seeing you at our next Raise the Mark service.
Raise the Mark Prayer Guide
Pray that we would love God more
Matthew 22:37-38 “And he said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.’” Pray that we, the body of Watermark, will all grow in our love for the Lord (Matthew 22:37). Pray that we would delight to spend time with the Lord and that we would approach time with him as a treasured opportunity, rather than another thing to check off our list (Psalm 1:2). Pray that we would see God’s Word, as a gift to us, provision for us, and a testament to His character. Pray that we would cherish it, seek it daily, hide it in our hearts, and allow its truths to permeate our lives (Psalm 1:2).
Pray that we would love others out of the overflow of our love for God
Matthew 22:38-39 “This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Pray that God’s love for us would transform our hearts so that we would radically love the people around us, especially the body of Christ (John 13:34). Pray that Watermark would be known as a place where people truly love each other and so demonstrate the love of Christ for a dying world (John 13:35). Pray that as members of Christ’s body—chosen by God, wholly loved, and set apart for His purposes—that we would choose to love one another (Colossians 3:12,14).
Pray that we would be united as a body
Ephesians 4:1-3 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Pray that we would always see it as our responsibility to be peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9, Romans 12:18) Pray that we would practice biblical principles in resolving conflict, and moving toward reconciliation and healing (Matt 18:15-18, Eph 4:32). Pray that God would not only reveal our own faults to us but give us the humility to take ownership of them, turn away from them, and seek restitution for the harm they have caused (Matthew 7:3-5). Pray that we would be willing to faithfully wound and rebuke our friends and that we would welcome loving correction from others. (Proverbs 27:6) Pray that we as a body would speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). Pray that we would fight for unity by forgiving one another as Christ has forgiven us. (Colossians 3:12-13)
Pray for the health of our community groups
Romans 12:9-16 “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” Pray that we would love each other sincerely—not superficially, or as cordial acquaintances, but as a tightly-knit family (Romans 12:9). Pray that our body would be devoted to one another, prefer each other, make time for each other, and prioritize our relationships (Romans 12:10). Pray that we would never be lacking in zeal, as we serve the Lord by serving each other (Romans 12:11). Pray that we would seek to discover and generously meet each other’s needs (Romans 12:13).
Pray that we would be committed to being the church
Acts 2:46-47 “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Pray for the elders of Watermark, as God’s appointed leaders over this body. Pray that they would be continually yielded to His Spirit as they attempt to shepherd and serve this body. Pray that the members of Watermark would respond in faithfulness and obedience to God’s call through them. (Hebrews 13:17) Pray that we would be “all in” where we are. Pray that we would look for ways to encourage, challenge, and exhort one another to love each other more and exhibit Christ’s love around us. (Hebrews 10:24-25) Pray that we would be consistent in meeting together so that we might encourage one another and also be encouraged. Pray that that our hearts would not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness (Hebrews 10:24-25, 3:13) Pray that we as Christ’s ambassadors would not neglect to share our story of God’s grace to others. (Mark 16:15)
Pray for wisdom as our campuses grow
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 NASB Pray that God would grant us favor in every aspect of our campus expansion projects (Romans 8:31) – include the new Ft. Worth property and the renovation of East Tower on the Dallas Campus Pray that God would direct our steps (Proverbs 16:9) and we would fully submit our plans to His will. Pray that we submit to the Scriptures that encourage us to give generously, proportionally, regularly, cheerfully, anonymously and liberally. (2 Corinthians 9:12-15)