During these pandemic days, I’ve had countless people text, call, or email to let me know they are praying for me. One morning early during the early days of making the decision to close the church doors to the public, I was deeply moved when I received consecutive phone calls from congregants offering to pray for me over the phone. I wept.
While I genuinely believe that congregants pray for their pastor, I’ve experienced that they often need a little help on the specifics. Here are a few ways in which you can pray for your pastor.
Pray For Your Pastor To Seek First The Kingdom of God
Pastors are pulled in many directions. They are tasked with leading staff, planning services, preparing sermons, offering counseling, mediating conflict, growing the church, increasing offerings, leading in the community, and more. Yet, nothing is a greater priority than seeking the Kingdom.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt 6:33)
Pray For Your Pastor to Love God With His All
Pastors do not get an exemption from loving God with all their all heart. In fact, they should model it for congregants.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matt 22:37)
Pray For Your Pastor’s Marriage and Family
It is a temptation for pastors to take of the needs of the church and community and overlook the needs within his own household. This is a tragedy that has led to the downfall of many pastors and ministries. Pray that your pastor loves his wife as Christ loved the church and shepherds his children in a way that reflects and honors the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (Eph 5:25)
Pray For Your Pastor To Preach The Gospel
Pastors are told to “grow the church” and “draw a crowd.” Many have used this exhortation to abandon the gospel for something more pleasing to the ear of the masses. Many pastors grow so fatigued that their zeal for the gospel fades. Pray that your pastor keeps the gospel a priority and preaches with passion.
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. (Eph 6:19)
Pray For Your Pastor to Have A Vision For The Church
Churches live and breathe on the local level. Your church is at its best when it is faithful to Jesus Christ and faithful to meeting the needs of its community. There is a temptation for pastors to follow methods found successful elsewhere. There is a urge to do what is popular, hip, or trendy. Yet, a pastor needs a vision for his own church in his own community.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Prov 29:18)
Pray For Your Pastor To Be Filled with Discernment And Wisdom
Pastors make decisions that impact the spiritual care and development of a congregation. These decisions should never be made in haste or with human wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.(James 1:5)
Pray For Your Pastor to Find Rest
There are always sermons to write, people to see and call, community events to attend, and meetings to lead. Yet, the pastor cannot lead without rest. Far too many pastors burnout and leave the ministry causing personal and congregational pain. Pray for your pastor to rest. After all, Sabbath is a commandment.
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (Exodus 20:8)
7 thoughts on “How to Pray For Your Pastor”
Our pastor has been teaching us how to pray and included all of the above since the COVID19 started. So refreshing and encouraging
I thank you for letting us know our Pastors Prayer for you. I lift all these needs up to our Heavenly Father as hard as this has been on your parishioners you are who we look to for guidance, encouragement, our very health what a burden has been placed on you! I know so so clearly you were Lead here at this particular time by our Lord. I can imagine if you could have seen the future you would have stayed and waited until this too shall pass. So many times I want to know the future in this case I am glad you did not see what was coming! I lift you and your family up to Christ to protect you continue to speak through you, guide you, but most of all give you peace and rest. We love you!!!
Dear Pastor Jeff: Thank you for your Godly heart. Be still and know God is with you in all your prayer needs. I thank you for each request, but our God through the Holy Spirit is leading you in all these areas. As you prayed for me each time I was prayed for, God is lifting you up in His mighty right hand. Dave and I pray for you and your family each day. Our church is blessed to have you. God’s timing is perfect. He is never late. Blessings and much prayer Dixie
Words of wisdom. Thank you pastor.
Pastor Jeff, I particularly pray for rest for you. I know what it’s like to burn the candle at both ends for the benefit of others. It isn’t a good feeling! So, get some much needed rest and the peace will follow!
Thank you for sharing this prayer guide. It’s been such a blessing hearing and studying God’s word together. I pray for you Pastor Jeff and your family daily, for protection from the world we live in. I pray for the Church as a whole. Great Prayer Guide.
Pastor Jeff, I do pray for you, however, I’m committing to pray these specific requests more consistently as you lead our congregation!! And a big thank you for preaching and teaching the Word of God!! You are an answer to many prayers and we truly thank God for you and your family!!