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During my sermon on the state fo the church on July 29, 2018, I asked everyone to commit to praying for Ocoee Oaks every day during the month of August. Several people have asked for an electronic copy of the twelve specific prayers I asked you to pray. I modified these prayers from the morbidly titled Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer. Regardless of whether or not you attend Ocoee Oaks, you can pray these prayers for your chuch.

God, open my eyes that I might see Ocoee Oaks as you see it. Let me see where change needs to take place, even if it is painful to me. And use me, I pray, to be an instrument of that change whatever the cost.

God, please let me be part of the solution and not the problem at Ocoee Oaks. Show me what I need to see. Open my eyes to Your reality. And give me the courage to move forward in the directions You desire.

God give me the conviction and courage to be like the heroes of Hebrews 11. Teach me not to hold onto those things in Ocoee Oaks that are my personal preferences and styles. Show me not only how to let go, but where to let go, so that I may heed Your commands more closely.

God, give Ocoee Oaks and me a heart for our community. Let me see the people through your eyes. And give me the courage and the wisdom to let go of this church, so that others who best reflect this community can lead us and teach us.

Lord, help me to grasp that all the money I think I have is really Yours. Help me to grasp that all the money Ocoee Oaks has is not the church’s, but Yours. Give us healthy giving hearts to use Your funds according to Your purpose.

Lord, remind me that I am to be a Great Commission Christian in a Great Commission Church. Remind me that, in Your strength, I am to do whatever it takes to reach out into our community with the transforming power of the gospel.

Lord, open my eyes to the needs of others. Show me how to live more like Your Son, who always put other’s interests first. And especially show me that attitude as I serve in Ocoee Oaks.

God, give Pastor Wade a heart and a vision to reach and minister to people beyond our own congregation. Teach me to be the kind of church member who encourages and supports our pastor, so that he does not become discouraged or disillusioned.

Lord, teach me to pray. Teach me to pray consistently. Teach me to keep passionate and believing prayer as the lifeblood of Ocoee Oaks.

God, reignite the hearts of our church members, including me, to have a passion for the gospel. Teach our church to share the gospel with others. Teach us to live as men and women who are true bearers of the image of God and of the good news of Jesus Christ.

Lord, teach me the proper stewardship of all the material items You give me personally and in Ocoee Oaks. Help me never let that stewardship devolve into obsession and idolatry, especially where I lose my perspective on what really matters.

Lord, let me see Ocoee Oaks with honesty and open eyes. Help me to grasp where we have gotten out of balance with inward and outward ministries. And give us a vision to make a difference in our community. Even more, God use me to be a catalyst and instrument for the change that must take place in our church.

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