Prayer For our Pastor

Cultivating Private Prayer as a Pastor

Prayer For our Pastor

Notes taken during the session.

It is always convicting to receive the assignment to speak on prayer to other pastors. And as I was writing the book that Dr. Piper referenced on prayer, I became increasingly convicted by the Puritans about how little I pray.

So tonight, I am preaching first of all to myself. This topic is at the heart of revival of the church of Jesus Christ. My father told me when I was a teenager that the greatest problem of the church today is prayerless praying.

The sermons of the Reformers and Puritans are not that different than ours. We’re saying essentially the same thing. What was so different was their prayer lives. My aim is that we would truly pray in our prayers. So turn with me to Isaiah 64:6-9 and James 5:13-18.

True prayer is putting ourselves into our petitions, crying out to God Almighty and praying in our prayers. The problem is not that we don’t pray, but rather that seldom we truly prayerfully pray in our prayers. What is this praying? The primary exercise of faith.

Private prayerful praying is the work of the triune God. It has more to do with God than with us. It is Heaven’s greatest weapon that we have at our disposal as a minister of the gospel.

This kind of praying is supposed to be half of our vocation—giving ourselves to the Word and to prayer.

The giants of church history dwarf us because of the time and energy that they devoted to private prayer. They were Daniels in private and in public. Luther spent the first two hours of every day in prayer. He once said to Melanchton that he had so much to do that he needed to spend an extra hour in prayer. On the contrary, we too often see prayer as an interruption to our ambition.

Luther was not shy in is prayers. He would often pray loudly and boldly. He said praying was hard work. And he’s right. There is so much working against us in our prayers. Distraction arises in our cold heart and disturbance comes up in those around us.

In all of his busyness, Calvin spent hours in prayer every day. Unless we fix certain hours of every day in prayer, he said, it would slip from our memory. We must taste the sweetness of the fellowship of God in our prayer. We need to strive to grow in prayer.

The Puritans were the same way. They often would rise early, hours before sunrise, to fellowship with God in prayer. John Knox said that the prayers of the great cloud of witnesses rebuked us in our prayerlessness.

In 1651, a group of Scottish ministers gathered together in fear of losing their spiritual vitality and wrote up a joint confession. Number twelve on their list was their prayerlessness.

Tragically, our prayer life is often a building closed for repairs.

We intend to do it better, to get more serious about it. We get down about it. Eventually we begin to call our prayerless praying real prayer. Prayerful praying pierces Heaven and warms the soul.

We so often struggle in public prayer because we so rarely draw near to God in private. The problem with many of us is that our prayer lives have grown dull. We know that backsliding begins in the inner closet of prayer.

Yet, we carry on with the commendation of people while not carrying on with God in prayer.

What we need to do tonight is not just confront this problem of prayerless praying, but search for conclusions. All of our excuses are obnoxious in the eyes of God. It is tragic when a minister of the gospel, who is called to be a man of prayer, can rest comfortably in this wicked prayerless condition. It is easier perhaps to riddle ourselves with guilt than to do something about it.

I do not aim to beat you with guilt but to awake you and me up to the need to lay hold of eternal life through the pursuit of a more faithful, more fervent prayer life with your Savior and your God. This will require us to take hold of ourselves and to take hold of God. How? 

Take Hold of Yourself in Prayer – Seven Principles

1. Remember the Value of Prayer. As ministers, we must remember that prayer is essential for our ministry and every duty we do as a minister of the gospel. Make it a rule to never engage in any activity in ministry without first seeking God in prayer. I have got to go to God in prayer. It is the most Christ- thing we can engage in, brothers.

What a blessing that we have been called to be men of prayer. Many other men have to work ten hours a day in their secular vocation and we get to spend hours praying. Again my father told me just to have a place to go with your every need is worth more than anything money can buy.

William Bridge said that a praying man can never be miserable because he has the ear of God.

Nothing is so valuable as prayer. The angel fetched Peter prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel. This is Heaven’s greatest weapon.

2. Maintain the Priority of Prayer. Jesus said, “Without me, you can do nothing.” Prayer has got to be first. It has to be our priority in every need. Spurgeon wrote, “Your prayers will be your greatest aid in your preparations.

And after the sermon, how can a preacher give vent to his soul if the mercy seat were denied him.” How hard do you pray after your sermon is over? They would pray after the sermon, “Please, Lord. Don’t let the birds take away the seeds of that sermon.

I fear that the pressures of the ministry today to be a jack-of-all-trades, pressures at home, pressures in the media crowd out our time for the priority of this ministry of prayer. We lose our power and authority.

You have to have windows of prayer between your visits and appointments. That is the way to do it.

Keep prayer your priority, not just during your times when you feel a sailboat gliding effortlessly but also when you feel an ice breaker.

3. Prayer With Sincerity. Psalm 62:8. The way to pray is to tell the Lord everything about you he didn’t know anything about you all the while knowing he knows everything about you.

Sometimes praying with sincerity means praying briefly, “Oh, God! Oh, God! Oh, God!” God does not look at the logic of your prayers or the style of your prayers but the sincerity of your prayers.

Sincerity in prayer requires integrity in our marriages. Let your prayers be not hindered. Taking hold of our prayers may mean to take hold of our bad attitudes or our treatment of our wives. You have to do something about that.

Perhaps praying first a prayer of repentance. We need to avoid professionalism in our prayers because it is not about our prayers but about our hearts. Spurgeon was asked how to get better at praying in public.

He responded, “Pray more in private.”

4. Cultivate a Continual Spirit of Prayer. Isn’t it true that when you are really close to God that you have those “occasional prayers”? You pray your way through the day. You pray without ceasing.

It is not just during your set times of prayer. We should be a bird returning to its nest when we return to God in prayer.

That is praying in your prayer—having the sense of relationship and knowing that your prayers reach the courts of Heaven.

It struck me how much Calvin used the example of a child crawling up into his father’s lap in relation to prayer. Pray continually. Ask God to help you do that. Whenever you have the least impulse to pray, pray! We have so few impulses to pray that we ought to take advantage of every one of them.

5. Work Toward Organization in Intercessory Prayer. We are ministers. We owe it to our people to pray for every single one of them. We know them and we should pray for them one by one. How? Be strategic.

Have set lists that you have organized and categorized to pray for other people. Newton said his best friends were those who prayed for him. It will be encouraging to your people for them to know you are praying for them.

I take the church directory and pray for the people on one page each day. You love your people and you know their needs.

6. Read the Bible for Prayer. Prayer is a two-way conversation. God comes to us in prayer and we return to him in prayer. Read verse-by-verse, and pray verse-by-verse. Pray your way through the Scriptures. Turn the psalms into prayer.

Fill your mind with Scripture and your prayers will gain life. In the house churches in China, they had no Scriptures in print but had so much memorized that their prayers were filled with it. When I get discouraged in my prayers, I often look to volumes of saints’ prayers from the past. I have found that they are filled with Scripture.

7. Keep Biblical Balance in Your Prayers. There are many different kinds of prayers in Scripture, aren’t there? We need to examine our prayer life from time to time and check to see if our prayers are repetitive. Are we covering the same bases when we pray? Listen to others pray. We can learn from others in how we pray.

Take Hold of God in Prayer – Three Principles

1. Plead God’s Promises in Prayer. David says, “My soul clings to you.” God is tender to his own handwriting. That is especially true of his own promises.

It is no arrogance or presumption to pray to God his own promises. Prayer is nothing less than the promise reversed and retorted back to God. Beseech God with his own promises.

Cast your burdens on the Lord and then trust him. Don’t take them right back.

2. Cling to This Glorious Trinity in Prayer. Elijah and Isaiah, cling to it. True prayer is not self-congratulatory but self-condemning and Christ-congratulatory. We should dwell on the Trinity and how the three persons draw us to God. We should meditate on who our God is.

We need all three persons. We come in a Trinitarian fashion. We know our Father’s hands are full of grace because the Son’s hands were pierced for us. We can come boldly to throne of grace. As ministers, we can always say our time is a time of need. We are full of needs. Bring them to God.

God loves a returning minister who grieves over not turning to him in prayer. When he takes hold of you, you can take hold of him.

Let us arise from our prayerlessness and cling to God Almighty, trusting in him, believing in him. We have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

John Owen said we ought to labor in prayer to know each person of the Trinity one by one. In our prayer lives, we need an experiential knowledge of the Triune God.

We do not just pray for God’s benefits but God himself. We need God intimacy and God dependency. When we come to our people when we have come our closets, they can sense the presence of God. Then our people will begin to understand what prayerful praying is all about.

3. Believe that God Answers Prayer. Too often I will cry out to God and am surprised when he answers. Faithless prayer is fruitless prayer. When we don’t trust God, we make a mess of everything.

Let me end by giving you cautionary conclusion. If you want to know something about a man, ask him about his prayer life. Beseech him for mercies upon the church. In prayer, you know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.

My aim is not to discourage you. Don’t despair no matter how bad your prayer life is right now. Don’t compare yourself to the saints of past. Let them encourage you that there is more for you in prayer.

Let them stir you up! That is the way to use Isaiah 64 and the prayer life Knox, Luther and Calvin. Battle unbelief and despair with prayer. We need not be crushed by demands to pray for hours but to pray with earnestness.

Take hope in the almighty, Triune God who loves to be prayed to.

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Prayers for Pastors

Prayer For our Pastor

Prayers for Pastors

A page of

Inspiration and Motivation

The toughest job is the job of a pastor.

We seek to honor you on this page.

This page contains many different kinds of prayers.

Prayers to God for









Please check out the entire page before you leave.

We begin our page with a

Prayer for Humility

Heavenly Father,

Today I come before you to humble myself.

I come before you to yield to your wisdom and to your guiding hand.

Lord, you must increase and I must decrease if I am toproperly shepherd my people.

I position myself to be pliable in your hands this day.


Copyright© 2015 Beth McLendon of

**John 3:30

More Prayers for Pastors

Magnificent Lord of all,

You are the One who knows all things.

No one can fathom the depths of your understanding.

I call out to you for fresh manna for my people.

I ask you to open up your Word to me in new, life-changing ways. 

Allow me to see even deeper into your truths. 

And show me how to express your truths with greater compassion and humility.

In Jesus' name I pray,


Copyright© 2015 Beth McLendon of

Prayers for Pastors concerning Leadership

Leadership is

Leading and Following


You have given me a position of leadership with your people.

They daily look to me for help.

I know that I cannot be a godly leader if I do not continually seek to follow you.

Call out to the depths of my soul and solidify my commitment to you.

Strengthen every weak area.

Steady every wavering place in me.

In Jesus' name I pray,


Copyright© 2015 Beth McLendon of

The fact is that most pastors fear people

more than they fear God.

Lead me, Lord.

I will follow you.

~ ~ ~


I will set my face flint to do your will.

~ ~ ~

Because the Lord God helps me,

I will not be dismayed;

therefore, I have set my face flint to do his will, and

I know that I will triumph.

Isaiah 50:7  TLB

Dear Lord,

You are the awesome Ruler of the Universe.

You are the Merciful and Mighty One.

You deserve my total devotion and praise.

Keep me on fire for you.

Keep your light burning brightly inside of me.

Draw me ever closer to you and your will for me.

In Jesus’ name I pray,


Copyright© 2015 Beth McLendon of

The above prayer is taken from our March 2015 blog entry.

Please consider visiting our page called

Prayer for Yielding

Glorious Lord, you are my Creator.

Mighty God, you are my Sustainer.

Your everlasting love blesses my life.

You are my everything.

Reign in me this day.

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Lord, Reign in me

I feel weary, Lord


I try to be there for every one every day.

I cry out today for someone to be there for me.

Comfort me, Lord.

Refresh me I pray.


Prayers for Pastors dealing with Stress


I feel lonely. I feel weary.

I'm the shepherd but sometimes I just want to be one of the sheep.

Sometimes I long for someone to come alongside ME  to refresh me and help me see things in a new way.

Even so, Lord, I will trust you. I will wait for you to help me.

Thank you for providing for my every need.


Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational –

Note: We have a page about Waiting on the Lord.

Wisdom for Reducing Stress

The Bible tells us:

Huge crowds of people came to hear Jesus teach and to ask Jesus to heal them. BUT

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness to pray.

– – – –

How could Jesus turn his back on people who needed him?


Sometimes we have to say “No” to something good,

in order to do the best thing.

Jesus followed the wisdom of his Heavenly Father

even if it meant saying, “No.” to needy people.

Father God,

As a shepherd, I sometimes feel a pull to always be on duty.

Wisdom says that even Jesus went away from needy crowds to rest and renew himself. 

If Jesus needed it, then how much more will I need it!

Help me to realize when I need to rest.

Teach me to rest.

Help me to realize when I need to spend time building up myself.

Teach me to wisely give time to my own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical needs.

Help me to realize when I need to put my family before pastoral requests.

Teach me to generously nurture my family.

Lord, I ask for wisdom to know the right thing to do and strength to do the right thing.

In Jesus' name I pray,


Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational –

Another Prayer for dealing with Stress


I want to hide out  – away from all the demands, all the conflicts, and all the pressures.

Take me to your hiding place.

I come as a son to my loving Father.

Shelter me, Father. Shelter me this day.

Let me find rest in you.


Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational –

There is a time to hide in the Father's arms.

We need that sometimes!

God welcomes us there!


There is a time to stand up, pick up our cross

and follow Jesus.

Your congregation need help with both of those.

Below is a






start at 9 minutes

Barna Survey about


feeling Pressure

I want to alert you that

some Bible teachers are saying

that God is –  not –  interested

in us pursuing


Your members are probably being influenced
by this teaching.

Those who reject holiness are obviously not reading the words of Jesus
in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.

The only church that truly pleased Jesus was the Philadelphia church.The reason was that they

“kept the word of God and didn't deny his name.”

Those in Philadelphia were trying to be obedient.

Jesus knew their hearts.

When Jesus addressed the other churches,

he often used harsh words

concerning the sinning

that was going on in the churches.

If Jesus did –  not –  want us

to preach and teach

against sin –

then WHY did he model for us

to do just that

in the book of Revelation?

Let's remind ourselves that

Jesus said,

If any man will come after me,

let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Matthew 16:24

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me,

you are not worthy of being mine.

Matthew 10:37-38

We will never feel accepted and comfortable in the Father's arms

if we are running from our sins.


You are challenging me 

to come up higher in obedience to you.

I will follow you.



You are the great and mighty God.

You are altogether lovely.

You are altogether merciful.

You are altogether holy.

Lord, teach me how to embrace holy, righteous living.

Teach me how to walk in integrity and godliness.

Teach me how to please you no matter if it displeasesothers.

Teach me how to face my errors and my sins.

Teach me how to get up when I fall down.

Teach me how to endure and seek your strength when I feel weak.

Teach me how to more fully receive and enjoy your amazing, awesome, all-encompassing love for me.

And help me to powerfully and compassionately share with my flock the insights you give me.

May my thoughts and actions be pleasing to you, and may my life inspire my family and my flock.

In Jesus' name I pray,


Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational –

Song of Solomon 5:16

The mission of this website:

1. To encourage and inspire people to gain more revelation of how much God's loves each of us

2. To give insights into how we can follow him more closely.


We will continue with our Prayers for Pastors

with the topic of  God's love.

God's love


You love envelops me,

uplifts me, and transforms me.

I find myself becoming more comfortable with you.

I find myself feeling more accepted and loved by you.

I find myself becoming more one with you.


Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational –

We have many pages about experiencing God's amazing love.

One is called Receiving God's love

God sings over me.

Zephaniah 3:17-18

A Poem Prayer of Love

Celebrating God who is three in one:

The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.

“Hear, O hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one.”

Deuteronomy 6:4

A Poem of Love

Who is the One Who is no other?

I bow my head, express my needs, and call Him – Provider.

I open His Word, seek His guidance, and call Him – Teacher.

I encounter trouble, run to Him, and call Him – Protector.

I talk with Him, walk beside Him, and call Him – Friend.

I crawl into His lap, hug Him, and call Him – Daddy.

I fall down on my knees, worship Him, and call Him – Lord.

I raise my voice, sing His praises, and call Him – King of Kings.

Copyright ©2014 Beth McLendon of

The above prayer taken from our Blog entry of May 4, 2014

Morning Motivational Prayer

Taken from our Blog entry of November 9, 2014

Lord of my heart,

I value you, and I value your Word.

Your Word tells me to love and bless other people. Your will is for me to view everyone in my life as valuable. You want me to honor people and treat them with respect every day.

I receive my mission to love people this day. I receive my mission to be helpful toward their needs, compassionate toward their hurts, encouraging toward their trials, enthusiastic toward their victories, warm toward their presence, and forgiving toward their mistakes and sins.

Change my heart, Lord. Teach me to be more you.

I will yield to you this day.


Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon

Raise me up, Lord


When I am down, you comfort me.

When I am down, you are the One who raises me up, so I can stand on mountains.

And you raise me up to walk on stormy seas.

Today, Lord, I feel down.

Lift me up, Lord.

Strengthen me.

In the mighty name of Jesus I pray,


You are my God,

and I will love you with my whole heart.

Before presenting our last video

we want to let you know that have prayers for churches:

Prayer to Strengthen Churches

Prayer for our Church

Jack Frost was a man of God who had as one of his main missions….

to bless pastors, pastoral staff, and their families.

We have a Jack Frost page on this site.

It will give you a taste of Jack Frost.

Click here: Jack Frost

click here for his website: Jack

We have several challenging pages that address some of the attacks that are coming to

Christianity and the Church.

Here we tackle some very timely issues that each pastor must acknowledge and respond to.

The New Jesus

Judge Not – The most twisted verse in the Bible

Porn-Free Kids

Getting Free from Porn

And please take note that the one world church is being created just as God warned us.

I pray that the Lord will show you how to protect your flock from those who want to draw them into this
one world religion.

We invite you to our

Prayer for the Persecuted church.

Thank you for visiting our Prayers for Pastors page.

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6 Good Prayers for Pastor Appreciation

Prayer For our Pastor

Being a shepherd to his flock and delivering the word of God to his congregation is no easy task for man. Our pastors need our constant prayers for them. Here are some great prayers for pastor appreciation that will help you to deliver them with strength and wisdom.

Prayers #1

Father, help our pastor to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings (Phil. 3:10).

Since we know of his faith in the Lord Jesus and his love for all the saints, may we never stop giving thanks for him, always remembering him in our prayers.

We will keep asking that You, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, will give him the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that he may know You better (Eph. 1:15-17).

Prayers #2

Lord God Almighty, would You help our pastor to humble himself before You and under Your mighty hand, so that You will lift him up (Jas. 4:10; 1 Pet. 5:6)? Guide him in what is right and teach him Your way (Psa. 25:9).

May our congregation see that he is wise and understanding as shown by his good life, and by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom (Jas. 3:13).

Father, You have said that the one You esteem is he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who trembles at Your Word (Isa. 66:2). May our pastor be such a person!

Prayers #3

Gracious Father, may our pastor’s messages and preaching come to us, not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that our faith might not rest on the wisdom of man, but upon Your power (1 Cor. 2:4-5).

Help him never to depend upon his own might or power, but always upon Your Spirit, Lord Almighty (Zech. 4:6).

May You, the God of hope, fill our pastor with all joy and peace as he trusts in you, so that he may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:13).

Prayers #4

Glorious God, we pray that our pastor will seek You with all of his heart. Help him never to stray from Your commands. May he hide Your Word in his heart so that he will not sin against You (Psa. 119:10-11). Give him deep desire to meditate on Your precepts and to consider Your ways.

May he delight in Your decrees and never neglect Your Word (Psa. 119:15-16). Give him understanding so that he will keep your law and obey it with all of his heart. Direct him in the path of Your commands where he will find delight. Turn his heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain, and turn his eyes away from worthless things.

Preserve his life according to Your Word (Psa. 119:34-37).

Prayers #5

Gracious Lord, may our pastor fear You so that he will have a secure fortress that will always be a refuge for his children (Prov. 14:26). May he consistently teach his children to revere Your commands by following his example (Psa. 34:11), so that they might be blessed (Psa. 112:1-2).

Help him to manage his family well so that his children will obey him with proper respect (1 Tim. 3:4-5). May he love his wife just as Christ loved the Church (Eph. 5:25). Help him to be considerate and respectful to her so that nothing will hinder his prayers (1 Pet. 3:7).

Faithful Lord, strengthen and protect our pastor and his family against the attacks of the enemy (2 Thess. 3:3), and may their household always choose to serve You (Josh. 24:15).

Prayers #6

Heavenly Father, we thank you today for your work in creation and the abundant blessings that we have as Your children. We thank you for the glorious gospel; the gift of your Son Jesus Christ as the one mediator between God and man.

Thank you for the gift of pastor, which your Word says you gave to your church “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12, 13).

Thank you for the love he has for his wife and family demonstrating a stable and healthy family. For the Scripture says of church leadership, “he must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect” (1 Timothy 3:4).

Thank you for his thoughtful exposition of your Word, as he heeds your call to “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).

Thank you for his leadership in our church services and the orderly manner in which he leads us, seeking to fulfill the Biblical call that “all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). Thank you for his interest in the flock under his care and the burden that he carries for your people.

May you continue to confer your richest blessing upon this ministry couple as they seek to fulfill their call amongst us and thus bring You glory. In the powerful name of Jesus Christ we pray, AMEN.

Here is one incredible example of a pastor appreciation that was delivered in the form of a flash mob.

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8 Prayers You Should DESPERATELY Pray For Your Pastor

Prayer For our Pastor

Pastoral ministry is a business un any other. It is a dangerous business. A sacred business. A business where the souls of people are at stake.

I was a pastor for many years, so I have a feel for the perils and pleasures of ministry. It’s very hard, supremely rewarding work.

Gardiner Spring said:

It is at a fearful expense that ministers are ever allowed to enter the pulpit without being preceded, accompanied, and followed by the earnest prayers of the churches.

It is no marvel that the pulpit is so powerless, and ministers so often disheartened when there are so few to hold up their hands…When the churches cease to pray for ministers, ministers will no longer be a blessing to the churches.

In light of the challenges of ministry, here are 8 prayers every church member should pray for their pastor(s) on a regular basis.

#1 – For Protection From Satan

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

If Satan can take down a shepherd of God’s people, the odds are much higher that God’s people will scatter. That they’ll become bitter and disenfranchised. They will question everything they’ve ever been taught by that pastor. Satan targets pastors because the damage is exponential if they fall. Pray for your pastor that he would be kept safe from Satan.

Father, please protect my pastor from the attacks of Satan. Give him the strength to endure temptation and stand firm against the accusations Satan loves to whisper in his ear. Help him stand firm in your service, always fighting for the faith and for his people. 

#2 – For Protection Against His Own Sinful Heart

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)

Pastors don’t fall because one day, the blue, they decide to dive headlong into sin. The slide into sin happens slowly, over time, in small increments, as the pastor believes the lies presented to him by his flesh. Pray for your pastor that he would be on guard against the lies of sin. Pray that he would have a proper fear of God.

Father, please protect my pastor from the deceitfulness of sin that we all are so prone to. Guard him from sin. Keep his conscience tender and fresh. Keep him close to you and close to your word. 

Helpful Resource:

#3 – For Deep Spiritual Encouragement

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:11-12)

Pastoral ministry can be brutal, discouraging work. Pastors find themselves in the midst of terrible situations on a regular basis – divorce, death, apostasy, and much more.

It’s also challenging because they don’t see progress in the sense that other jobs do. Christians are always in progress. Because of this, discouragement and depression can be a regular companion of the minister.

Pray for your pastor to be encouraged.

Father, please encourage my pastor by the power of your Spirit. Let his soul be refreshed with the love of Christ. Let him have faith for the future. Help him to keep pressing forward even when the way is littered with landmines. Let him be refreshed by the fact that your grace is sufficient for him. 

#4 – For Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)

Many elements of pastoral ministry are not black and white. A husband and wife are in serious conflict, and the husband has one story while the wife has another. A church member needs financial support but has a history of mismanaged finances. A young man struggles with same-sex attraction while still wanting to follow Jesus. Pastors need God’s wisdom to navigate these gray areas.

Father, please give my pastor your wisdom. Help him know the way to go even when the way is not clear. Give him discernment to know good from evil, even when evil is dressed as good. Help him apply your word to even the most confusing situations. 

Helpful Resource:

#5 – For Doctrinal Faithfulness

By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you (2 Timothy 1:14).

Pastors can be tempted to modify or even abandon biblical doctrines for a variety of reasons. Cultural pressures, vocal church members, even legal actions can press hard upon pastors, making them feel that the only way out is to give up the clear teaching of Scripture. They need God’s grace to stay faithful to the good deposit of God’s word.

Father, I pray for my pastor that you would help him hold fast to Scripture, even when everyone else tells him to let go. Help him stand on your word and only your word. Protect him from the temptation to abandon the precious truths laid out in Scripture. 

#6 – For A Healthy Body

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27).

Ministry can take a tremendous toll on a pastor’s body. Yes, our bodies are temples, but they are often broken temples.

Long nights at the hospital, high-stress situations, and ever-present discouragement can quickly lead to burnout and body betrayal.

Not only do pastor’s need spiritual strength, they need physical strength as well. Pray for your pastor that he would be sustained in body and mind.

Father, please give my pastoral supernatural strength. Protect him from sickness and disease. Give him your energy to keep serving faithfully. Help him to find periods of rest and recovery. Guide him to still waters. 

#7 – For A Strong Marriage and Family

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church (1 Timothy 3:2-6)

Church history is littered with the skeletons of pastors whose marriages and families fell apart under the strain of pastoral ministry. And as 1 Timothy states, if a pastor can’t manage his family, how can he manage the church of God? Satan loves to sabotage a pastor’s family, and your pastor needs prayer that God will give him a healthy marriage and family.

Father, please give my pastor a supernaturally healthy marriage. Strengthen the bonds between him and his wife. Encourage them both in ministry. Give both of them wisdom to manage their family and to keep you at the center, not ministry. I also pray for their children that you would let them know you and follow you. 

#8 – For Meaningful Friendships

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

Pastoral ministry can be surprisingly lonely. Something about being in a position of leadership isolates the man. People look to him to be a teacher and leader, not be their close friend. Pastors need close friends who will encourage them, hold them accountable, and push them toward Christ.

Father, please give my pastor true, deep, sustaining friendships. Give him friends who stick closer than brothers. Who uphold him when he’s weary. Who help carry his burdens. 

Helpful Resource:

Sustained By Prayer

In some ways, pastors are sustained by the prayers of their people. Obviously, God is the one who ultimately sustains pastors, but one of his primary means is through the prayers for pastors.

When it comes to why you should pray for your pastor, take the words of Charles Spurgeon to heart:

No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me.

Do your pastor a true kindness today. Pray for your pastor.

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