How to Pray a Powerful Strategy for Easter

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Soon our campus will be flooded with thousands of Christ seekers young and old and in all stages of spiritual growth.  They come to church for Easter and Christmas.  This is an amazing opportunity to serve the Body of Christ on our knees with scripture prayed very strategically over our pastoral staff, the church leaders who will be serving, our congregation and our guests.  We need a Powerful Prayer Strategy for Easter (and Christmas).  This Prayer Guide for Easter pulls over 120 scriptures together to go to war.  Prayer Warriors Needed to defend Easter!

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Why Pray Strategically for Easter and Christmas?

We have a powerful weapon to use against the enemy.  Prayer.  Praying Scripture strategically to fight the battle. There is a very real enemy who will do his best to keep them from hearing from God.

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1 Peter 5:8 be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Our Prayer Strategy (or battle plan) will incorporate scriptures into prayer ensuring we are praying God’s Will.

This is meant to be a guide to help us stay focused while praying specifically.  Feel free to use what makes sense and not use what doesn’t fit your needs.  You can also learn how to create your own Powerful Prayer Strategy here.  When you add a time of Fasting to this Prayer strategy it can go even farther!

Prayer points leading up to Easter

Pray to Paralyze Satan from blinding the lost

Lord, your word says that the gospel is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Please paralyze him in his work against our congregation this Easter. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

Pray for a soft/repentant heart to be granted to the lost and the saved

Lord your word says “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. Please, Father, grant this body repentance and lead them to the knowledge of Your truth. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

Pray for An open door for the Gospel

Lord we are praying that You will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, to all those around us who are lost and far from You. Open up conversations that lead to You. Give us the opportunity to invite our loved ones this Easter. (Colossians 4:3)

Pray for Yourself (the congregation and staff) to be bold and courageous to share the gospel

Lord, I pray You would keep me on the alert with all perseverance for the saints. And I pray for myself and those in our congregation that utterance may be given to us in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, that in proclaiming it we may speak boldly, as we ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:18-20 )

Pray for workers to rise up in the church

Lord, Your word tells of a time that Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom. When He saw the people, He felt compassion for them. Lord, there are many in our city also who are distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Your commission to the disciples applies here as well. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”. Lord of the harvest, we beseech You to send out workers into Your harvest. (Matthew 9: 35-38)

Specific Things to Pray Over your Church staff by name before Easter:

That they would love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.

Lord, Let the words of their mouth and the meditation of their heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock, and our Redeemer.
(Psalm 19:14; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Hebrews 5:4)  Help them to Honor Christ in heart, words, and actions.( Matt 22:36-40)

Abide in Christ and be devoted to prayer, relying on God

Holy Spirit I ask you to teach them to be devoted to prayer with the same fervency that the Apostles were. (Acts 1:14; Rom 12:12; Colossians 4:2)

Rightly divide the Word of Truth and communicate the gospel with clarity.

Lord, remind them to be trustworthy stewards of the word. (1 Corinthians 4:2 )  I pray they would constantly thank God for receiving the word and that the congregation would accept it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in those who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:2)

Have a heart for the lost and be an effective and fruitful soul winner.

Please let each one follow Jesus command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

Provide prayer, encouragement, and resources to undergird for their work spiritually and financially.

Lord Jesus, I am praying that they will be able to say “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from the congregation what was sent,” That our offering will be like a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” And let them remember that our “God will supply all their needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:18-19)

Help them serve in the power of God’s Spirit and not in the flesh.

Holy Spirit, Remind them, in the busyness of this season, to abide in Christ. Your word says “he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” But if they will abide in You, You promise that “Your words abide in them,” they can “ask whatever they wish, and it will be done for them.” Because You say, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” (John 15:4-10; Galatians 5:16)

Walk in purity and be protected from the deceptive schemes of Satan.

Please Lord, protect them and show them that they should be on guard to “not give the devil an opportunity.” (Ephesians 4:27; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Timothy 3:7; Exodus 33:14; 3 John 2)

Bless them with strong marriages and families amid the hard work of ministry.

Father, please strengthen their marriages.  Show them how to do Marriage God’s way rather than the cultures way.  Let wives be subject to their husbands and that husbands would love their wives as Christ loved the church. (Ephesians 5:22-6:4)  And mold them into godly parents so They would be parents who teach and inspire their children to obey and honor them. (1 Timothy 3:4-5)

Pray specifically about the Pastoral Staff’s leadership before Easter:

  1. That they would be blessed, protected, and prosperous in their leadership role

    • That “in all respects, they may prosper and be in good health, just as their soul prospers.” (3 John 2)
  2. Lead with honor, respect, wisdom, compassion & godliness (so that we “may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2)

  3. Watch over, protect, lead and serve those in their care.

    • Please teach our congregation will obey them as our leaders and submit to them because “They keep watch over our souls as those who will give an account.” (Hebrews 13:17)
  4. Submit to the authority established by God and His word daily.

    • Lord as this world gets more and more wicked it gets harder and harder to obey the authorities You have established. I pray for wisdom in our leaders to be able to “Submit themselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”
    • You have said that this is Your will for us that “by doing right we may silence the ignorance of foolish men.” You further tell us to “Act as free men and do not use our freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” Help us all to do this Your way. (1 Peter 2:13-17)
  5. Hate evil, pride, injustice and turn away from Satan’s lies and schemes. (1 Peter 5:8)

  6. Continue to be hard workers who faithfully fulfill their duties.

    • Help our staff to be like the faithful sensible steward “whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time. Blessed is that servant whom his master finds so doing when he comes.” (Luke 12:42-44)
  7. Use good judgment, pursue justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

  8. Be a

    godly example in their roles and responsibilities, to be like Joshua who said: “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Pray that we would Put on The Whole Armor of God

Lord, we specifically pray that the staff and the congregation would be prepared for battle by putting “on the whole armor of God so that we are able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Lord, we specifically pray that the staff and the congregation at Easter would be prepared for battle by putting “on the whole armor of God so that we are able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Click To Tweet

Remind us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

So it is important to “take up the full armor of God so that we will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” “gird our loins with truth,” by keeping us in Your word. Teach us to “put on the breastplate of righteousness,” by keeping our mind fixed on you and doing what is right rather than what is easy. Keep our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” always being ready to give an answer for our Faith.

Remind us to “take up the shield of faith” rather than trying to fight in our own strength so that we “will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Thank you for our “Helmet of salvation”. Again, keep us in your word so that the “sword of the Spirit” is always sharp and ready for battle. We give you all the honor and glory for this in Jesus Name. Amen. (Ephesians 6:11-17)

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Prayer Points for Easter service

Pray for the Pastoral Staff

The enemy predictably uses Distraction, Deception, Derision, and Division as his tools for battle. We can pray against them before He attacks.

The enemy predictably uses Distraction, Deception, Derision, and Division as his tools for battle. We can pray against them before He attacks. Click To Tweet

Distraction

Lord teach our staff to give attention to Your words and to incline our ears to Your sayings. Help them to not let them depart from their sight, and keep them in the midst of their hearts. Remind them that they are life to those who find them and health to all our body. Teach them to watch over their heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

Remind them to put away from them a deceitful mouth and to put devious speech far from us. Teach their eyes to look directly ahead and let their gaze be fixed straight in front of them. Help them to watch the path of their feet so that all their ways will be established. They will not turn to the right nor to the left but will turn their feet from the distractions of the evil one. (Proverbs 4:20-27)

Father, it is so easy to get distracted by all the work to be done in ministry and all the busyness of our daily lives and forget that this is all about You.

Help our staff to remember Jesus words to Martha “you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42; Galatians 1:10; Psalm 55:2)

Deception

Lord remind our staff that when the enemy speaks lies, he is speaking from his native tongue and we ought never to imitate him. (John 8:44)

Father, teach them to not believe every spirit, but instead to test the spirits and see if they are from God. (1 John 4:1)

Help them not to be lead astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3 )

Derision

Father, the enemy is quick to bring up our forgiven past, accusing us and tearing down our minds.

Please keep in our Staff’s hearts and minds the account given to John “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Satan is defeated and we can walk in victory over his schemes. (Revelation 12:10-11)

Division

Lord, I pray that you would reveal “those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching” of Your word. Change their hearts and help their intentions to be clear to all around them that we would turn away from them and not give place to division in the body. (Romans 16:17)

Lord, please remind our staff to “all agree and let that there be no divisions among them, but that they be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Help them to live in an understanding way with one another where they disagree and put the health of the body and the furthering of the Kingdom before their own preferences and desires. (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

God, I pray that there would be neither divisions nor factions among our body, but that in humility we would be united in Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:17-19)

Your word says that “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” And we deeply desire unity in our church staff so that our church will stand strong in the face of this wicked world. ( Mark 3:25)

Pray for the congregations during Easter Service

Pray for spiritual growth:

Lord, we pray that You would convict and revive the hearts of those who are stale in their faith.

Please help us to have perseverance and endurance for Christ’s namesake, and to not grow weary. And that in all of our striving, please help us not to leave our first love. (Revelation 2:3-4)

Lord, just like Paul “I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, our congregations’ minds are easily led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. Keep our minds stayed on You and give us a new passion for You. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Pray that people would fully surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Lord, your word says that there are many who believe they are saved who are not. You said that “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Unveil blind eyes to the reality of their salvation. Send a revival through our congregation by saving those who are lost and not aware of it. (Matthew 7:21-23)

If any in our congregation are playing a church game and have never really made a commitment to You, I pray they will confess Jesus name with their mouth, believe in their heart that God has raised You from the dead and be saved. I pray that in their hearts they will believe and that the result will be righteousness. (Romans 10:9-10)

Romans 12:1-2 Lord I pray that we would all be challenged to “present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to You God, which is our spiritual service of worship.” Teach us how to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Pray that the congregation will Grow in Christ and obey the Word of God as a disciple.

Lord, Your word says that “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” Help us want to do this so that we “will know the truth, and the truth will make us free.” (John 8:31-32)

Pray that the congregation Walks in love, kindness, and favor with the lost and the believers around them.

Father, please continue to teach us how to “Conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let our speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that we will know how we should respond to each person.” (Colossians 4:5-6)

Pray that the congregation will Know the hope, riches, and power of their inheritance in Christ.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.  (Ephesians 1:18-19)

Pray for the congregation to be devoted to prayer in secret and corporately in the church.

Father, build into us the discipline to “go into our inner room, close your door and pray to our Father who is in secret, and our Father who sees what is done in secret will reward us.” (Matthew 6:6)

Lord, remind us of Jesus words, “that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

Pray for people to repent of daily sins and walk in holiness before God.

God, please help us to “come out from their midst and be separate,” and “do not touch what is unclean”. (2 Corinthians 6:17)

Father, remind us to “be careful how we walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of our time, because the days are evil.” Teach us how to “not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-18)

Pray the congregation will break free from any bondage, stronghold, or addiction in their lives.

Lord, remind us that “we have been buried with Christ through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” And that “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

We praise You Lord for because “having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now we can present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. (Romans 6:1-19)

Lord, we thank You that “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

Live with Christ as their hope and the true source of peace and happiness.

Thank You, Lord, that we can drink of the water that You have given and that we shall never thirst. We praise You that the water that You give us will become in us a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:10-14)

Pray the Congregation will share the gospel and faithfully make disciples of others in their lives.

Lord impress on our hearts the weight of your commission to us that to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Pray the congregation will be found faithful when they stand before God.

Father, let us long to hear You say ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:21)

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord for your promises. Please strengthen us and consider us faithful or please teach us to be faithful so that You can put us into service. (1 Timothy 1:12)

Pray specifically for the Lost to be saved on Easter

Disconnect them from influences that are pulling them away from Christ.

Lord protect the lost from the influence of “religious Pharisees” who establish laws and rules to earn salvation. (John 7:47-52)

Expose the lies they’ve believed that have kept them from Christ.

Father, show the lost that the enemy has kept them blindly stumbling through the darkness. Open their eyes to see Your truth. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Show mercy, bind Satan and turn them from darkness to light so they may receive forgiveness of sins.

Lord Your word says that “the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Thank You for that merciful promise. (Luke 19:10)

Father please “open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’” (Acts 26:18)

Convict them of sin, God’s coming judgment and their need for a Savior.

Lord, Your word says that “when You come, You will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment”. So many are not ready. Please open their eyes to the truth of the coming judgment. (John 16:8-9)

Lord, you said that “the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.” Please reveal it to the Lost who will be in our congregation. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Save them, change their hearts, and fill them with God’s Spirit.

God, I pray you will “remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh”. I thank You for the promise to “give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

Lord, I thank you that we do not need to try to fill ourselves with the pleasures the world offers, but that we can be “filled with the Spirit”. (Ephesians 5:18)

Deliver them from evil, the devil’s traps and schemes, and any strongholds.

Lord, we come to You broken and full of sin. Thank You for giving us weapons to take back what the enemy has claimed. We praise You that “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

Help them abide in Christ and live according to His will.

Father, You have said that if we abide in You we will bear much fruit in our Christian life. I pray that each person who comes to know You this weekend will dig into Your word deeply and lay claim to the promise Jesus gave us that “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciple”. I pray they would look to You and find that Your Joy is in them and that it would make them full. (John 15:1-17)

Pray against the 4 D’s of the Devil for the congregation

The enemy uses Distraction, Deception, Derision, and Division on the congregation as well, though in a different way than he might use them on a minister. We can still pray against them before He attacks.

Distraction

Lord teach us to “give attention to Your words and to incline our ears to Your sayings. Help us to not let them depart from our sight, and keep them in the midst of our hearts. Remind us that they are life to those who find them and health to all our body. Teach us to watch over our heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Remind us to put away from us a deceitful mouth and to put devious speech far from us.

Teach our eyes to look directly ahead and let our gaze be fixed straight in front of us. Help us to watch the path of our feet so that all our ways will be established. We will not turn to the right nor to the left but will turn our feet from the distractions of the evil one. (Proverbs 4:20-27; Luke 10:38-42; Psalm 55:2-3; Revelation 3:20; Matthew 14:28-31)

Deception

Lord, we know that when the enemy speaks lies, he is speaking from his native tongue, but these lost souls know no other voice. Speak over him; open their ears and soften their hearts to hear Your voice calling them. (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Galatians 6:7)

Derision

Lord Jesus, the enemy often makes us feel like our past is too dark, dirty and unforgivable. He accuses us and convinces us that You could never want us. Your word says “the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” I claim that victory for the lost in our congregation. You have won and they need only claim “the blood of the Lamb” to live in that victory. (Revelation 12:10-11)

Division

Lord, there are some in our body “who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching” of Your word. Please Change their hearts and help their intentions to be clear to all around them that we would turn away from them and not give place to division in the body. Please keep them from discouraging or turning away any of the lost You are bringing onto our campus. (Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

Free Prayer Guide to use as a Prayer Strategy for Easter or Christmas

Please feel free to use this or download it to share with your others to pray.  If you need a more simple prayer strategy, check out the H.E.A.R.T.S prayer guide as well.

in HIM,

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Tiffany Montgomery

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4 thoughts to “How to Pray a Powerful Strategy for Easter”

  1. Wow, what a beautiful way to prepare for Easter, to pray so many specific prayers! As part of the Easter choir many years, we prayed that our singing would soften the hearts of the unsaved and comfort the hearts of hurting Christians as we celebrate the resurrection.

  2. This is such a thorough and practical guide for praying for Easter and for souls to be saved. Thanks for detailing this and for all the scripture that you used. i am using some of your ideas for my own prayers for our Easter service.

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