7 Powerful Prayers for Christian Church Planters

Prayer for Raising Up New Church Planters:

Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

You see our world is slowly turning its back on your Kingdom. I pray you to raise up more church planters to go into a hurting world. I’m asking for planters from the local community to the ends of the globe. Matthew 13:33 “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”

We pray that you will give church planters wisdom and discernment as they navigate the many challenges of starting a new ministry. Lord, make way legally and financially for those with a heart to enter an area. I ask that you go before them and prepare the hearts of those who will be a part of this new church. I pray that you would draw people to yourself and that they would desire to know you and grow in their faith. Luke 14:23 “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”

7 Powerful Prayers for Christian Church Planters


I pray for your protection and provision for church planting teams. Lord, I know this is a daunting task, and I ask for your strength and courage to persevere through the difficulties we will face.

I pray that you would give each a clear vision for this new church and use them to reach those who are lost and in need of your love and grace. I pray that you will use this church as a beacon of hope and a place of fellowship for all who come through the doors.

Lord, I ask that you bless these churches with growth and success, spiritually and numerically. I pray that you would raise leaders within each planted church dedicated to serving you and building up your kingdom.

I trust in your faithfulness and goodness, and I know that all things are possible with you. I pray all this in the name of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Luke 10:2 “And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”

Prayer for Those Who Want to Start a Church:

Luke 14:23: “And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”

Heavenly Father, we pray to you for those who feel called to start a church. We ask that you guide them as they take this step of faith and trust in your plan for their lives. Give them wisdom, strength, and courage as they lead others in your name.

I pray that you send people to them from the surrounding community. Provide for every need the planter has and help him/her to be light in their community, spreading the love and message of Jesus Christ. I pray for unity among all church leaders and for your blessings on the new church. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Acts 2:42-47 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 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.

Prayer to Open Doors for Church Planters:

Matthew 12:29 “Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.” 

Lord of All,

You tell us to watch for the signs. Lord, the signs are everywhere; there is an urgency for spreading the gospel and leading people to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. I come before You today to lift up the church planters who are spreading Your Gospel and establishing new churches in different communities. I thank You for their passion, dedication, and willingness to serve You in this vital ministry.

Lord, I pray for Your divine guidance and provision for these church planters. Open doors of opportunity for them to connect with the right people, find suitable locations, and receive the resources they need to establish vibrant and impactful churches. Remove any obstacles and barriers that stand in their way.

Father, I ask that You grant the church planters wisdom and discernment as they navigate the complexities of starting new churches. Give them clarity in their vision, strategy, and implementation. Lead them by Your Spirit, directing their steps and aligning their plans with Your purposes.

1 Corinthians 16:9 “For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”

Lord, I pray for favor and acceptance among the communities where these church planters are working. Soften hearts and open minds to receive the message of Your love and grace. May the church planters find receptive hearts and a hunger for spiritual truth as they share Your Word and build relationships with those around them.

Father, I pray for a spirit of unity and collaboration among the church planters and the existing churches in the area. Help them to work together as a body of believers, supporting and encouraging one another in their mission. May they share resources, wisdom, and experiences to foster a culture of growth and impact.

Lord, I lift up the church planters’ families in prayer. Protect and strengthen their relationships amidst the demands of ministry. Grant them unity, love, and support. Provide them with a strong foundation of faith and a deep sense of purpose as they serve alongside their loved ones.

Father, I pray for the spiritual growth and well-being of the church planters themselves. Strengthen their faith, deepen their relationship with You, and empower them with Your Spirit. Fill them with boldness, courage, and unwavering conviction as they proclaim Your truth and lead others to salvation.

Lord, I ask that You pour out Your blessings upon the efforts of these church planters. May their labor be fruitful and many lives be transformed by Your grace. May these new churches become beacons of light, hope, and transformation in their communities.

Thank You, Lord, for the church planters who are stepping out in faith to establish new churches. I pray that You will equip, empower, and guide them every step of the way. May Your name be glorified through their work, and may Your Kingdom be established on earth.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Luke 14:23: “Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”

Prayer for Patience in the Lives of Church Planters:

 Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Gracious Father,

My heart is heavy today, thinking how difficult it must be to plant churches in today’s culture. I come before You today to lift up the church planters who faithfully serve and labor in the ministry of establishing new churches. I pray specifically for the virtue of patience to be bestowed upon them as they navigate the challenges and uncertainties they may encounter.

Lord, You understand the journey of these church planters. You know the waiting, the setbacks, and the moments of discouragement they may face. I ask that You fill their hearts with patience, perseverance, and trust in Your perfect timing.

Father, in times of waiting, when progress seems slow, or obstacles arise, grant the church planters patience to remain steadfast. Help them to rely on Your strength and wisdom, knowing that You are working behind the scenes, orchestrating every detail according to Your divine plan.

Lord, I pray that You would instill in the church planters a deep sense of trust in Your faithfulness. Remind them that You are with them every step of the way, even amid challenges. Give them assurance that Your purposes will be fulfilled and Your Kingdom will advance through their efforts.

Father, I ask for patience in building relationships within the communities they serve. Help the church planters embrace building trust and understanding, even when it takes time. Grant them the grace to extend love, acceptance, and forgiveness to those around them, even in the face of resistance or indifference.

Lord, I pray for patience in nurturing spiritual growth within the new churches. Grant the church planters patience as they disciple and teach, knowing that growth takes time and that spiritual transformation is a lifelong journey. Help them to sow seeds faithfully, trusting in Your provision for the harvest.

Father, I pray that as the church planters exercise patience, they will also experience Your peace and joy in the midst of their journey. Fill them with an unwavering hope and a deep sense of purpose, knowing their labor is not in vain.

Thank You, Lord, for the church planters who serve with dedication and passion. I pray that You will continue to bless and sustain them, surrounding them with Your love and grace. May their patience be a testament to Your faithfulness, and may it bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Prayer for Adequate Financial Support for Church Planters:

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Faithful Father,

I come before You today to lift up the church planters who faithfully serve and labor in the ministry of establishing new churches. Lord, I specifically pray for Your provision of adequate financial support for these dedicated men and women who have answered Your call.

Father, You are the owner of all resources and the provider of every good thing. I ask that You open heaven’s windows and pour blessings upon the church planters. Provide them with the financial means necessary to fulfill the vision You have placed in their hearts. Pour out a financial blessing on each of them.

Lord, I pray for an outpouring of generosity from individuals, churches, and organizations with a heart for supporting mission work and establishing new churches. Move their hearts to give generously and sacrificially, recognizing the importance of supporting those who are spreading the Gospel and building Your Kingdom.

Father, I ask that You grant the church planters wisdom and discernment in managing their finances. Help them to be good stewards of the resources You provide. Guide them in making sound financial decisions, prioritizing the ministry’s needs, and using the funds to bring glory to Your name.

Lord, I pray for creative ideas and opportunities for the church planters to raise funds and generate financial support. Open doors for partnerships, collaborations, and sponsorships that can provide the necessary resources for their work. Provide favor and connections that can help them secure financial backing and sustainable support.

Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lord, I also ask for Your protection and provision for the ongoing financial needs of the established churches that support these church planters. Grant these churches the wisdom to allocate their resources effectively, so they can continue to support and empower the church planters in their mission.

Father, I lift up the church planters’ hearts in prayer, especially in times of financial uncertainty or stress. Strengthen their faith and trust in Your provision. Remind them that You are their ultimate provider and that You will never forsake them. Help them find peace and contentment in knowing You are in control.

Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness and promise to supply all our needs according to Your riches in glory. I pray that You would abundantly provide for the financial needs of the church planters, enabling them to carry out Your work with excellence and effectiveness. May Your name be glorified through their ministry.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

Prayer for Church Planters to Understand the Local Culture:

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Heavenly Father,

I praise you for the powerful men and women of God who are going into the world to share the gospel and start churches. They have answered such a high calling. Many times they bravely enter into communities that are culturally different than what they are familiar with. I come before You today to lift up church planters who have answered Your call to spread Your Gospel and establish new churches in different cultures and communities. I pray specifically for Your guidance and understanding as they seek to engage and connect with the local culture.

Lord, You are the Creator of all people and understand every culture’s intricacies. I ask that You grant the church planters a deep understanding and appreciation for the local culture they are serving. Open their eyes and hearts to the community’s customs, traditions, beliefs, and values.

Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit empowers the church planters to be sensitive in their interactions with the local people. Help them to approach the community with humility, respect, and a willingness to learn. Grant them the ability to listen attentively and understand the unique needs, challenges, and aspirations of the people they serve.

Lord, I pray for the church planters to have a genuine love for the people and a desire to connect with them at a heart level. Give them the ability to build bridges of trust and create meaningful relationships. May their love for You and the local people be evident in their words, actions, and attitudes.

Father, I ask for wisdom and insight for the church planters as they seek to contextualize the message of the Gospel within the local culture. Guide them in presenting Your truth in a way that resonates with the cultural nuances and understanding of the community. Grant them the words and illustrations that speak directly to the people’s hearts.

Lord, I pray for the church planters’ ability to adapt and embrace the local customs without compromising the core principles of the Gospel. Help them navigate cultural differences with grace and sensitivity, understanding when to stand firm in biblical truths and adopt practices that are not central to the faith. May their approach be guided by Your wisdom and the leading of Your Spirit.

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Lord, I pray that as the church planters seek to understand the local culture, they would also be instruments of positive change and transformation. Grant them the ability to address community social, economic, and spiritual challenges. May their presence and ministry bring hope, healing, and reconciliation to the lives of the people they serve.

Thank You, Lord, for the church planters who are willing to step out of their comfort zones and engage with different cultures. I pray that You bless them with understanding, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to Your mission. May their efforts bear fruit and bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”

Prayer to Raise Up Local Volunteers to Assist Church Planters:

Proverbs 15:22 “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”

God of Provision,

You know planting a church takes an abundance of work. It can be overwhelming to the leader, risking burnout. I come before You today to lift up the church planters who faithfully serve and labor in the ministry of establishing new churches. Lord, I pray specifically for Your provision of local volunteers to come alongside and support these dedicated men and women in their mission.

Father, You have placed a deep desire within the hearts of the church planters to reach their communities with Your Gospel. I ask that You raise up local volunteers who share this passion and are willing to commit their time, talents, and resources to the work of the ministry. Stir their hearts to respond to Your call and actively build Your Kingdom.

Lord, I pray for an outpouring of Your Spirit to ignite a fire in the hearts of the local believers. Help them recognize the importance of serving and supporting the establishment of new churches in their communities. Remove any apathy, complacency, or fear, and replace it with a fervent desire to see Your Kingdom grow.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Father, I pray for the church planters to have divine connections with individuals who have a heart for ministry and a desire to serve. Open doors for them to meet and build relationships with those who are willing to volunteer their time, skills, and resources. Bring together a team of passionate and dedicated individuals who can work alongside the church planters, supporting them in various aspects of their ministry.

Lord, I ask that You provide wisdom and discernment to the church planters in identifying and equipping local volunteers. Help them recognize individuals’ unique gifts, talents, and passions and empower them to serve in ways that align with their abilities. May the church planters provide guidance, training, and encouragement to the volunteers, fostering their growth and development in ministry.

Father, I pray for unity and harmony within the teams of church planters and local volunteers. Help them to work together with a shared vision and purpose. Grant them patience, grace, and understanding as they navigate the challenges of ministry and build relationships within the church community.

Lord, I lift up the volunteers in prayer. May they be filled with Your Spirit and empowered to serve with joy, enthusiasm, and dedication. Provide them with the strength and endurance to persevere in their commitment, even in the face of challenges. Bless them abundantly for their willingness to give of themselves for the sake of Your Kingdom. For those who cannot serve on a volunteer basis, may the Holy Spirit prompt them to support the work with their finances.

Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness in raising up local volunteers to assist the church planters. May their collective efforts bring forth a harvest of transformed lives and communities. May Your name be glorified through their service, and may Your Kingdom continue to expand.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Amen.

Proverbs 24:6 “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”

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