Praying for Your Pastor-Day 9

Pray that God will build a hedge of protection around your pastor’s marriage, and that he and his wife will be aware of the potential for any improper relationships. Pray that their family time will be protected.

I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it,  Ezek 22:30a

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for 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 Cor 10:3-5

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.  Matt 19:6

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Praying for Your Pastor-Day 8

Ask God to protect your pastor from the evil plots of Satan. Pray that he will not be
corrupted as he rubs shoulders with the world in the course of ministry.

Jesus prayed, “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.  John 17:15

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.  Isaiah 54:17

But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.  2 Cor 2:10-11

FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,
AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.  1 Peter 3:12

The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,  A stronghold in times of trouble;  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,  For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.  Psalm 9:9-10

For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.  
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, 
To guard you in all your ways.  Psalm 91:9-11

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Praying for Your Pastor-Day 7

Pray for your pastor’s children, and especially that the pressures of the ministry will not
discourage or embitter them. Pray that your pastor will provide godly leadership in the home, not based on fear of what others will think, but according to scriptural truth. (If your pastor does not have children, pray that God will give him many “spiritual children” as he shares the Gospel.)

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  Eph 6:4

Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.  Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.  Col 3:20-21

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Praying for Your Pastor-Day 6

Pray that God will protect your pastor from discouragement and bitterness when
he faces inevitable criticism. Pray that he will trust in the wisdom of
the Word of God to answer his critics, and commit himself into the hands of God, who
judges righteously.

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.  Heb 12:15

So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.  Psalm 119:42

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.  Col 4:6

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.  Prov 4:23

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,  WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.  1 Peter 2:21-23

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Praying for Your Pastor-Day 5

Ask God to protect your pastor’s marriage and keep it strong as a model of Christ’s
relationship with the Church. Pray that your pastor will tenderly cherish and lead his wife, and that she will respect and encourage her husband, submitting to his leadership. (If your pastor is not married, pray for his relationships with loved ones and those who are close to him.)

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.  But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;  for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.  FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.  This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.  Eph 5:23-33

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Praying for Your Pastor-Day 3

Pray for his personal walk with God—that his soul and spirit will be nourished
and strengthened in his quiet time with God, beyond his sermon preparation. Pray that he will spend more time in the Word of God than reading Christian books and articles.

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.  Mark 1:35

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness.  2 Tim 2:15-16

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Praying for Your Pastor-Day 2

Pray that your pastor will cultivate strong character and uncompromising integrity. Pray
that his testimony will be genuine, and that he will never do anything that he would need to hide from others.

But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Tim 1:5

And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.  1 Tim 3:7

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For 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.  Eph 6:10-12

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Editor’s Note:  The prayer posts for Pastor and Pastor’s wife are the same now, but have no fear, they will be different in the days coming up!  We are including the Scripture for you to meditate upon and to use.  Praying scripture is one of the best ways to pray for God’s will.

Praying for Your Pastor-Day 1

Pray that your pastor will love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength. Pray thatGod’s Spirit will work in his heart in power and that he will value and follow biblical priorities.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might”.  Deut. 6:5

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”    Matt. 6:33

 

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31 Days of Praying for your Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation month and many churches honor their pastor, his wife, and family in many and unique ways.  The following comes from Revive Our Hearts website.  Beginning on Monday, October 1, and each day throughout the month, we will be challenging you to pray for your pastor and his wife by posting a prayer guide.  We hope you will join us in this life-changing challenge!

“Let the thought sink deep into the heart of every church, that their minister will be such a minister as their prayers make him. . . . How perilous is the condition of that minister . . . whose heart is not encouraged, whose hands are not strengthened, and who is not upheld by the prayers of his people! . . . “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.”                           Gardiner Spring (1785-1873)

There is no greater gift you can give your pastor and the spiritual leaders of your church than to pray for them.

Pastors cannot win the battle alone; they need committed intercessors to lift them up in fervent, specific prayer. Imagine how the power of God might be released in our churches if we were to pray faithfully for our pastors.

Pastors are human—they face the same challenges that their people do, with some additional ones! They grow tired in ministry, are tempted to sin, and may find it difficult to balance their many roles and responsibilities. They need the encouragement and support of those they lead.

Prayer for your pastor is crucial to the spiritual health of your pastor, his family, and your church. God will reward your efforts to cover him in prayer.

If you want to encourage your spiritual leaders (and their wives!) let them know you are praying for them. Ask them periodically for any specific prayer requests and assure them you will pray accordingly. Use the following prayer guide with accompanying scriptures, to suggest practical ways to pray for those who provide spiritual leadership for the flock.