Christians are in constant need of renewal. If we are in Christ, we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17), but we still depend upon the daily ministry of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23; 2 Corinthians 4:16). Throughout our lives, the Spirit is renewing us in the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:10).
And the Lord has given us different rhythms of renewal. We have daily rhythms of prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship. We have weekly rhythms of Sabbath rest and corporate worship. We have annual rhythms that the Lord uses to grow us in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. And occasionally in Scripture, there are significant moments when the Lord impresses upon His people their need for corporate renewal. We believe the Lord has led our church into a significant season, and we’re praying that He would do a great work in renewing us.
Look up “renew” in the dictionary, and you’ll find these definitions:
- to make new or as if new again; to restore
- to take up again; to resume
- to repeat so as to reaffirm
In one way or another, each definition applies to this moment in our life together. We want the Lord to make us new again in Christ. We long for Him to restore to us the joy of His salvation. We desire to take up again the wonder of His story in Scripture and in our years as a church family. We’re hungry to resume our life together after profound interruptions. And we long to repeat and reaffirm our commitment to live by His grace and for His glory.
We’re inviting all of our members to reflect upon the vows they once took as a member of PCPC. We want to be filled with gratitude for the gift of Christ extended to us, and we want to be filled with zeal to bring Him glory by extending His kingdom to others. Our denomination’s fourth membership vow poses the question: “Do you promise to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?” As we reflect upon that promise and all that it means, we want the Lord to renew us!
In response to what the Lord is doing in this RE|ENTER season, we’re inviting you to write a prayer of renewal. We need time to process and pray about what we’ve heard so that we can respond to the Lord’s call to connect to Christ and to one another, to abide in Christ, and to extend Christ. We hope that every member will take advantage of this opportunity. If you feel led to share your prayer with others, there’s a form on this page to submit it. In your submission, you can include your first name, first and last name, or no name. We are confident that other people will be encouraged to hear how the Lord is working in you!
Here are some questions that may be helpful prompts as you write your own prayer of renewal.
- By God’s grace and for His glory, how is the Lord leading you to support the church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
- What do you need to turn from and what do you need to turn to?
- How do you feel called to connect, abide, and extend?
- How do you long for the Lord to renew you and our church?
- Why do you long for the Lord to renew you?
Recent Prayers of Renewal
You may add your prayer of renewal to our prayer wall using the form below. Once your prayer of renewal is received, we will share it according to your instructions.
Gracious and Loving Lord,
Renew in me a humble heart that reflects Christ who lives in me.
Renew in me a faithful heart, powered by Your great faithfulness to me.
Renew in me a fearless heart, knowing that You will always be with me.
Renew in me a heart that is free.
In the Holy and Powerful Name of Jesus Christ, I pray.
Received: June 16, 2021
My Prayer for RENEWAL for myself:
My Loving Father:
I confess to you my lack of dependence upon you. I know that confessing is agreeing with you about what is true. I have been proud, i. e. I have wanted to be in control, therefore being like you and equal to you. I have been proud, not in Righteousness, but rather in position, wanting to be worshipped (wanting my ego stroked, and wanting happy circumstances). I have sought the praise of man. I confess the sin of idolatry. I have placed myself, people, and things before you, and I confess the sin of adultery, lust of the flesh (my appetites), lust of the eye (the things I want), the pride of life (wanting to be recognized for who I am and what I have done). Father, I confess this as sin. Please let me dwell on the gift your Son Jesus gave me by His living as a man (while never ceasing to be God), emptying Himself and making Himself nothing, dying on the cross, and being raised again so that I may partake in the divine nature of You, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit - the one and the Trinity. Please let me fix my eyes upon you rather than on others, or on myself, so I may glorify you and enjoy you forever.
Thank you, Scott Rohrman.
Received: June 14, 2021
Oh Lord, search me and know me. And I know that You already have. You know my innermost thoughts and worries. Before I even voice them, you know them all. And so Holy Spirit, intercede for me according the the will of the Father. I want to feel renewed. I want to feel refreshed. I want to feel cleansed and vibrant. I know I am all those things, but I want to live in that reality. Make me calm and not anxious. Make me still and not striving. Like a weaned child with its mother. I want to be at peace and trust wholly and completely in Your loving care for me and my family and my church. Yes, Lord Jesus. Do this in me today. Amen.
Received: June 12, 2021
Lord Jesus, I humbly come to you knowing in the deepest part of my heart that the only reason I can come to you is because of who you are and because of your perfect and sacrificial love for me shown by your extraordinary act of love on the cross. Because of you, Jesus, and your life, death and resurrection one day I will be with you forever. Until that day you know I need help along my journey every minute of the day and because of that you give the gift of the Holy Spirit that speaks clearly to my heart. There are times in which I listen well but we both know that most times I am rebellious, and my sinfulness comes through leaving me with a broken spirit and a broken heart that is eventually contrite. Here you come always offering forgiveness and reminding me that you promised to never leave me and that you will finish what you started in me. I am restored, and I am renewed because of the reality of you. I am totally and absolutely astonished by you, Jesus, and I will never ever get over it.
With an open heart and open hands to you, Lord Jesus.
Received: June 7, 2021
My blessed God and Father, I am so grateful that I can call you Father, that I am your son, the object of your love. By your love for me, renew my love for you. Draw me near to you, I pray. Pour out your Spirit upon me and renew my spirit. Please give me a heart that is shaped by your mercy and care. Give me eyes to see your goodness and provision. Renew my mind that I might want what you want and love what you love. May you be my “best thought by day and night.” Give me confidence in my unbelief and faith in the midst of my doubt. I pray that you would revive your work in me and restore to me the joy of my salvation. As you make all things new, make me new today, I pray. In Jesus precious name, Amen
Received: June 1, 2021
Oh, Lord, during this last year of profound interruption from the COVID pandemic, I found out that I was living for the future and not for the present or even in the present. I was longing and living for an end to COVID; for my next hunting trip; for my next bike ride; for my first vacation since COVID started and my next vacation after that; for my next take out Mexican food dinner with that take out Margarita; for my next night’s sleep. Unfortunately, Sunday morning worship was not on that list. It was like I was on a highway looking for that next sign that tells me how close I am to home. I wasn’t enjoying the ride, and I wasn’t home. That’s what I need to turn away from.
Glorifying you and enjoying you forever starts with today and it is nourished with prayer, Bible study, evangelism and service, among other things. I want to glorify you and enjoy you in the here and now, not just when I get to heaven. I want to know what it truly means to abide in Christ and to participate in the extension of His kingdom, day in and day out. That’s what I need to turn to.
Oh, Lord, give me a passion to know you more deeply and to follow where you lead. Give me the strength to turn away from this endless cycle of pointlessness and turn to you to find meaning in my life. Renew a right spirit within me.
Received: May 31, 2021
Father, would you fill me with the knowledge of your will with all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that I might walk in a manner worthy of you, fully pleasing to you. By the power of your Spirit within me, Father, I will bear the fruit of your Spirit in every good deed; I will steadily increase in the knowledge of and my relationship with you; I will be strengthened with your power for your purposes so that I will persevere with steadfastness and patience with joyfulness, thanking you who has called me out of darkness and brought me into the Kingdom of your beloved Son.
In Christ’s name,
Received: May 31, 2021
Thank you that Jesus is the Author and Finisher of my faith. Thank you that I do not have to rely on my own strength for any of the good works that you began in me, and thank you for your promise to complete them.
Thank you that abiding in Christ is not in my own strength; but I am like a branch, dependent on Christ to grow and flourish.
Thank you for all my brothers and sisters at PCPC. I confess that all too often I am quick to judge and slow to listen. Help me to grow in that area.
Thank you for the opportunities you have given me to extend your Kingdom where I work-in a public school system. In a place where man has tried to make devoid of you, you are active and working in the hearts of my co-workers and in the hearts of the children we serve. Help me to be a light for you. Use my skill set of nursing to further your kingdom as well; thank you for how you already working to do that.
Thank you for the vows that I took at PCPC. We both know that I can’t keep them in my own strength, but you are faithful to help me, and I rest in that.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Received: May 31, 2021
Lord, I pray that my heart would turn away from its longing for the things which the world claims are good, that I would instead seek Your wisdom, rely upon your grace and pledge myself faithfully and consistently to You and those in the body of Christ.
Received: May 30, 2021
I praise you for your relentless love for me and your people. I am burdened that my neighbors do not know of your love for them. However I confess that my calendar doesn't reflect that burden and I want to turn away from creating schedules that do not have eternal value. I ask you to help me and my family to extend ourselves with our time so that we can love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Through this I pray for your kingdom to ultimately be extended in our neighborhood.