How to pray for your pastor

by Todd Benkert on February 15, 2012 · 11 comments

As a pastor, one of the greatest encouragements is to hear the words “I’m praying for you.” Truly, one of the great blessings of being a pastor is knowing that prayers are being lifted up on your behalf. Often, people ask how they can be praying for me. While there are particular needs that I have from time to time, here are some prayers for pastors that are always in season:

Pray that we stay vitally connected to the Lord in our personal devotion. Like everyone else, the tendency is for people is to drift. Pray that we would maintain a constant fellowship with the Lord, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.

Pray for our growth. Pray that we will continue to grow spiritually, to grow in wisdom and maturity, to grow in knowledge of the things of God, and most of all to grow in Christ-likeness. Pray that we will never be satisfied with our current state, but will continue to “press on toward the goal.”

Pray that we live and minister in total dependence on the Lord. It would be very easy to attempt to do the work to which God has called us in our own strength. Pray that we would rely on God to work through us as we are obedient to his call. Pray that we would minister in the strength God provides and not attempt to do things on our own.

Pray for godly wisdom as we lead. Pastors need the Lord’s wisdom as they lead in setting the direction of the church, prepare messages and teachings from God’s word, deal with conflict, minister to people in need, lead the church in evangelistic outreach, and serve as administrators of the church. Pastors need the wisdom that only God can provide. Pray that God would give us that wisdom.

Pray that we would be shielded from spiritual attack. Pastors are on the front lines of spiritual warfare. The devil has his eye on pastors to lead them into sin and disobedience to God, keep them discouraged and defeated, and keep them occupied with distractions. Pastors are often under spiritual attack. Pray that the Lord would protect us from the evil one.

Pray for their marriage and families. Ministry can be stressful not only to pastors, but also to their wives and families. Pray that your pastor will make his wife and children a priority as his first ministry. Pray that God will strengthen your pastor’s marriage relationship and protect his family.

There are many ways you can pray for pastors. These are just a few. If you are not a pastor, please know that your prayers for us are important and are used of God on our behalf. Please know also how much we appreciate knowing that you are praying for us. Thank you for continuing to lift up us and our families in prayer.

1 reformedsteve February 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

So true.

2 Frank L. February 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Pray for his health. The stress of carrying the burdens of others can weigh heavily and extract a large toll

3 Dave Miller February 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Pray that we won’t get involved in blogging!

4 Josh Collins February 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I think blogging only comes out with prayer AND fasting.

5 Dave Miller February 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Where’s the like button?

6 Todd Benkert February 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I think that we need to remind our people how important their prayers for us really are. We need the Lord to work in us and through us. Ask your people to pray for you — thank them for doing so. Let them know how they can be in prayer.

For those of you who are not pastors, not only pray for your pastor regularly, let him know you are praying for him. Send a note, an email, post on his facebook wall, or tell him on Sunday morning. Even better, pray for him WITH him. Prayer is a powerful force for encouragement to your pastor. Few things lift me more than to know someone is praying for me.

7 Christiane February 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Well, there are many good prayers,
but the one that has been prayed continually for two thousand years is that Christ’s shepherds may be formed after His Own Heart.

8 Jack Wolford February 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

All the pastors regardless of makeup need support – that’s a given . Churches are another thing as some of those are looking out for their own ” club” in which they ( certain leaders ) draw income and will burn a pastor/minister along with their families just to remain in control . These places need to be outed for all to recognise .

9 Jim Pemberton February 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Pray against pastor abuse. There always seems to be people in every congregation we may or may not know about who have it in for the pastor. Sometimes they get downright abusive and make for an exceptionally hostile work environment.

10 Charles Specht February 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Pastors need prayer. Plain and simple. And if you could only ever pray one day of the week for your pastor, it should be Monday morning.

Most pastors struggle on their “day off.”

11 Todd Benkert February 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I always need prayer on Mondays, but I almost never take Mondays off.

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