THE CHURCH
~ REVELATION ~
Messages to the Seven Churches

   
Jesus clearly communicates that the messages to the seven churches are for us today (Rev. 22:6-21). It's a hard message, but it would be dangerous for us to ignore it. The following prayers are drafted from the Words of Jesus, which are written in red. We have work to do. Let's pray for those defined in these messages, and exercise diligent caution that we do not fall into these dangerous traps.
 
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A  LOVELESS  CHURCH
 
King Jesus!
You hold the seven stars
- the angels of the churches (1:20) -
in Your Right Hand
and You walk among the seven golden lampstands
which are the seven churches.
You see every activity accomplished by every church –
their hard work and patient perseverance.
Many do not tolerate membership of
those who practice sin. In their favor,
they hate the practices of those who believe it’s
permissible to compromise with the world,
to engage in sexual immorality and other offenses
without consequence*.
They have tested those who claim to offer Truth
only to expose the fact that they are liars.
They have patiently persevered and relentlessly labored
for the Name of Christ and have not become weary.
BUT, as the specific church of Ephesus,
many have abandoned their first love.
You are calling us to radical, revolutionary repentance.
O God, search our hearts and expose any darkness.
Guide us into and by Your holy Light.
Grant us a desperate desperation for Your Presence
and to walk in holiness before You.
May the hearts of Your people diligently seek Your Heart in worship,
loving You and one another with extravagant affection.
May our adoration for You suffuse everything we undertake to do.
May we rise up as overcomers
desperate to receive the right to eat from the tree of life
which is in the paradise of God.
May vast multitudes passionately long
to have eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that break
over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word…
 
(Inspired by Revelation 2:1-7)
*Nicolatians




A  PERSECUTED  CHURCH
 
King Jesus!
You are The First and The Last,
Who died, yet lives forever and ever!
You witness every detail regarding every church.
You know their afflictions and their poverty,
yet because of You we are all exceedingly rich.
You hear the slander of those who claim to be Your children,
yet truly are children of the devil.
We embrace Your Message to the church of Smyrna.
Help us not to be afraid of suffering when compelled to endure trials
because of our love for You.
Strengthen us.
If forced to face prison, may we faithfully remember
that we’re not among those in chains
as where the Spirit of the Lord is, only there is true liberty. 
May we feel Your Presence when facing physical death,
with confidence
knowing
that You will give us the crown of life.
May all who face afflictions walk through them boldly
with their eyes on The One Who is Faithful and True,
taking up their own cross to follow in Your Footsteps.
May we each finish our race
as overcomers
who will not be hurt by the second death.
May vast multitudes passionately long
to have eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that break
over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word.
 
(Inspired by Revelation 2:8-11,
John 8:44, and 1 John 3:10)


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A  COMPROMISING  CHURCH
 
King Jesus!
You are The One Who has a sharp double-edged sword!
You know those who live in cities where satan is enthroned.
You know those who remain loyal to You.
You know those who refuse to deny You
even in the face of persecution.
In keeping with Your faithful Promise
You do not change.
Your message to the church at Pergamum speaks to us today.
You are angered by those who tolerate and embrace
idolatry and immorality.
We plead that the hearts of those who engage in such practices
and those who are complacent over such activities
would be moved to recognize their mortal error.
We plead for repentance
to quickly sweep across these multitudes of individuals and churches
before You rise to fight against them with the Sword of Your Mouth,
a swift Sword of Judgment.
May Your children rise to take a firm position for righteousness,
rejecting the ever-changing tide of cultural opinions -
standing strong in virtue and self control.
May the church claim victory over the destructive strategies
of the enemy of our souls
that her members might receive the hidden manna
and a white stone with a new name on it,
known only by those who receive it.
May vast multitudes passionately long
to have eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that break
over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word.
 
(Inspired by Revelation 2:12-17)


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A  CORRUPT  CHURCH
 
King Jesus! Son of God!
Your Eyes are like brilliant flames of fire and Your Feet as radiant bronze.
You are well acquainted with every activity of every church.
You know their love, their faith, their service,
and their patient endurance.
You witness their constant improvements in every area of ministry.
BUT You rise to witness against those who tolerate Jezebel –
those false prophets and prophetesses who live to lead Your people astray
by encouraging them to engage in the self-indulging practices
of idolatry, immorality…
Although Your Word is Light, many refuse to repent.
Time is about up.
You’ve said that those who choose this pathway and refuse to repent,
they choose a bed of intense suffering and death.
You search the hearts and minds of all people
repaying them according to their actions.
May multitudes of hearts be moved as mighty mountains
to forsake these practices that lead to death and eternal torment.
Help them to release them so that they might cling to You.
Help those who have never embraced these practices
and all who will repent
to hold on until You return,
for those who overcome and do Your Will to the end
You will give authority over the nations.
Just as You have received authority from The Father,
so will You give them authority and the morning star.
May vast multitudes desperately desire
to have eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that break
over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word.
 
(Inspired by Revelation 2:18-29)


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A  DEAD  CHURCH
 
King Jesus!
You are The One Who has the sevenfold Spirit of God
and the seven stars!
You know every deed of every church.
You are not moved by reputations,
for You know the accurate evaluation of each and every heart.
You know those churches that are sleeping,
weak to the point of death.
Statistically, they look good – beautiful buildings with large congregations,
yet the temples (the people) are in ruins.
May they turn and return to You
with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strengths,
with deep reverence for Your Will and Your Word.
May they find true strength in the glory of Your Presence.
May they long for their hearts to be pure in Your sight.
May they cling to You and Your teachings
fully obedient
with gratitude for the beauty of Your Ways.
May they wake up
and quickly prepare for Your Return.
May they walk with You dressed in white.
May they repent and be found worthy.
May their names remain in Your holy Book of Life
that they may be acknowledged before The Father
and His angels as Your very Own.
May vast multitudes desperately desire
to have eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that break
over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word.
 
(Inspired by Revelation 3:1-6)


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A  FAITHFUL  CHURCH
 
King Jesus!
You are holy and true.
You hold the key of David.
Whatever You open, no one can shut.
Whatever You shut, no one can open.
You know every deed of every church.
You have placed before us an open door that no one can close.
You know those who have little strength,
yet have kept Your Word and have not denied Your holy and wonderful Name.
You will make those who falsely claim to be Your children
to fall down at the feet of those they ridicule and persecute
and publicly acknowledge that their victims are the ones You love.
Give all strength to keep Your Command to endure patiently.
May their hearts beat with Yours as they cry out in prayer
for those who persecute them – that their eyes might be opened
and their hearts respond to Your holy Love.
As they persevere, may they find hope in the fact that You will keep them
from having to go through the terrible time of testing
that will come to those who live on the earth.
Yes, Lord. You are coming soon!
Help all to hold on to what they have so that no one will lose their crown.
May they rise up as overcomers
for You will make them a pillar in the Temple
and they will never have to leave It.
You will write God’s Name on them,
and they will be citizens in The New Jerusalem.
And they will have a new name inscribed upon them.
May vast multitudes desperately desire
to have eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that break
over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word.
 
(Inspired by Revelation 3:7-13)




A  LUKEWARM  CHURCH
 
King Jesus!
You are The One Who is The Amen –
The Faithful and True Witness,
The Ruler of God’s Creation.
You know everything that is done by every church.
You perfectly discern every attitude of every heart.
You recognize those who are neither hot nor cold,
but only lukewarm.
To these You say that You will vomit them from Your Mouth.
May we always be sensitive to our spiritual temperature.
May we not be blinded by wealth - unable to see our spiritual poverty.
May we be faithfully diligent to pursue You as our highest Treasure.
May we always be quick to recognize our nakedness
and quickly moved to take up garments of purity
that we might not walk in shame.
We purchase ointment for our eyes
that we might be able to recognize Your Truth and Your Holiness.
You are The One Who corrects and disciplines everyone You Love.
Love us, O God.
Correct us.
May we be diligent to move from all complacency and indifference.
You stand - knocking at the doors of our hearts.
We open up the door and ask that You establish Your Throne
and Your Altar within our hearts
that we may live on the Altar – in the flames of Your holy and unquenchable Love.
May we never move from this place,
but rather bear these flames as we walk through the world – so filled with darkness
purposing to ignite a firestorm among vast multitudes
who will hear Your call and respond warmly,
inviting You in to dine together as friends.
And You will invite everyone who is victorious
to sit with You on Your Throne,
just as You were victorious and sat with The Father on His Throne.
May vast multitudes desperately desire
to have eyes to see, ears to hear,
and hearts that break over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word.
 
(Inspired by Revelation 3:14-22)




King Jesus!
You are The One Who loves us so desperately
that You died with incomprehensible agony    
so that we could be with You eternally.
By Your Blood
You freed us from our sins
and made us to be a kingdom and priests
to serve God the Father.
To Him be glory and power forever and ever and ever!
You are coming with clouds and every eye will see You,
including those who pierced You.
All the peoples of the earth will mourn because of You.
You are The First and The Last!
You live forever and ever!
You hold the keys to Hell and Death.
You are the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
the Root of David.
You are the Lamb of God,
slain
yet standing in the center of The Throne.
You Alone are Worthy
to take the scroll
and to open its seals.
With Your Blood
you purchased men, women, and children for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
May vast multitudes desperately desire
to have eyes to see,
ears to hear,
and hearts that break
over Your Message
to
THE CHURCHES.
Please draw all people
into Your Holy Word.
 
(Inspired by The holy Book of Revelation)


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