Here are a few sample Pastoral Prayers. If you know of a good example of a Pastor Prayers, please share it at the bottom of this page.
Sample Pastoral Prayers
Below are several prayers for pastors to use as examples for praying with their congregation. They include prayers for guidance, healing, strength for our leaders, and overcoming life’s difficulties.
For God to Guide Us
God of light, we have heard your message, proclaimed of old, that in you there is no dark cloud at all;
nothing exists that can hide the light of your presence. Forgive us when we cling to the shadows, failing
to heed your call to wake up and join the work of your reign. Send us to do your deeds of mercy and peace:
to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, touch the sick with your healing balm, console the sorrowing,
visit the prisoners, welcome the stranger.
Guide us in this time of shadows. Keep us from despair when we see that there is no peace in our cities
and no security in our places of higher learning. Lift our eyes toward you that we may see your face
shining on us and walk in your light. Comfort with your presence those who are living in the shadow
of grief, shattered by the loss of children, parents, spouses, friends, and colleagues. Give assurance
to all who are missing loved ones that the living and the dead are in your care, certain of being
joined again in the unbroken circle that will sing your praise forever. Amen
For Overcoming Life’s Difficulties
Our gracious and loving Heavenly Father, we come to you today in the name of Jesus.
It’s good to be able to come into your house and have this time to put aside the cares of life
and the busyness of living. We’re hurrying about, planning, preparing, fixing, organizing and
worrying about how everything is going to turn out.
Even while we’re here in church those thoughts
tend to drown out your voice and what you want to say to us. We DO want to hear from you because
we need to know again and anew today that you’re there and that you know us and where we are in our
walk with you.
For some here today this present moment is filled with disappointment or impairment or heartache
and their circumstances may be dreadful and filled with reasons for sadness or sorrow, they need
you and they need us and the comfort of being in fellowship with you and with each other.
We do receive uplift and encouragement from being here in your house. Help us to be sensitive
to the needs of our brothers and sisters and speak a word of encouragement or even give a sincere
smile or handshake. We do care about each other and we want to show it.
For Our Leaders
We pray for the leaders of our nation today and the many important and critical situations they face.
Give wisdom to our president and the cabinet members and the men and women in congress. We pray for our
military personnel stationed around the world and especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan. We know they
face dangers and the possibility of death day after day.
We pray for the defeat of the insurgents and the terrorists there and around the world that are plotting
evil and wicked schemes. Please give wisdom and unusual ability to those that are working to counter these
diabolical plans. We live in a dangerous and uncertain world, but we pray for your kingdom to come and your
will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray for our church and for all of our leaders as new plans and programs are finalized. We need your
guidance and your direction for us as a church. We want to be faithful to the sacred trust you’ve given to us.
It’s both a privilege and an awesome responsibility.
There are many among us today with special needs in their own lives and need your special
touch and reassurance right now. There are numerous physical problems and we don’t understand
why these things come in our lives and we’re tempted to question you and our faith is tested,
sometimes to the limit.
We pray that their faith will not fail during these days. Some have family and relationship problems, they need special grace to see them through. Bring healing and reconciliation to them
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Praying For Your Pastor is very important. They are serving God and the attacks of the enemy are non ceasing. They must be covered in prayer on a daily basis.
This prayer can be personalized by saying his name instead of the word pastor. If you have a reverend or father as they do in the Catholic church, then you can use those words instead of pastor. Or you can prayer for all pastors.
Praying For Pastors
Ps 31:23……….Father, I thank You that our pastors are faithful,
Ps 31:23……….and that You preserve them.
Prov 28:20……..That they abound with blessings,
Gal 6:9………….and do not grow weary in well doing.
Phil 1:6………….That You who began a good work in them will perfect it.
Eph 2:10………..They are Your workmanship created in Christ Jesus,
Heb 13:21………and equipped in every good thing to do Your will.
Heb 13:21……….Work in them that which is well-pleasing in Your sight.
2Cor 9:8…………Let all grace abound toward them, having sufficiency in all things,
2Cor 9:8………..and an abundance for every good work.
2Cor 9:6………..Because they have sowed bountifully, they will reap bountifully,
1Cor 3:6………..and whether they plant or water, Father, You give the increase.
2Cor 2:14……….I pray that they continually triumph in Christ,
2Cor 2:14……….diffusing the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
Deut 28:2……….That all blessings come upon them and overtake them,
Deut 28:2……….because they obey the voice of their God.
Ps 32:8………….Instruct them and teach them in the way they should go;
1Cor 2:10……….reveal the deeper things of God to them by Your Spirit.
2Tim 2:21……….Let them be vessels of honor, sanctified and useful for the Master,
2Tim 2:21……….prepared for every good work.
1Pet 5:2………..Shepherding the flock willingly, eagerly, and being an example to them.
1Cor 2:4………..Their speech and preaching is in demonstration of the Spirit and power.
2Tim 4:2………..And they are instant in season and out of season to preach the Word.
Josh 1:3…………Every place the soles of their feet tread upon has been given to them.
Deut 31:6……….They are strong and of good courage for You, Lord, go with them.
Ps 27:14………..They wait on You, and You strengthen them in their heart.
Titus 1:5…………Help them set in order things that are lacking,
Titus 1:5…………and appoint elders in every city.
2Cor 10:4………..I tear down the strongholds over the pulpit.
Ex 17:11…………I lift up our pastors and cover them
Heb 12:24……….with the blood of Jesus.
Deut 28………….Sickness and disease shall in no way come near them,
Gal 3:13…………for they are redeemed from the curse of the law.
Isa 54:17………..I say that no weapon formed against them will prosper,
Isa 54:17………..and every tongue rising against them shall be shown to be in the wrong.
Cor 12:11……….Father, let the gifts and anointings on their lives come forth.
Luke 1:45……….Birth the things that You have spoken to them in their hearts,
Acts 6:4…………as they continually give themselves to prayer
Acts 6:4…………and the ministry of the Word.
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Interesting that the apostle Paul asks the churches to pray for him.
“Brothers, pray for us” (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
“To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
and pray also for me, that words may be given to me
in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains,
that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesian 6:18b-20).
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
At the same time, pray also for us,
that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ,
on account of which I am in prison—
that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:2-4).
We might presume someone as powerfully used by the Lord as the apostle Paul wouldn’t need prayer. It’s us little ordinary people who need apostles (and pastors) to pray for us. True. But Paul’s requests remind us that leaders need prayer, too. In fact—not to make too much of leaders—I might say they especially need prayer. Our prayer. Here are four reasons why we should pray for our pastor.
One, he has the fearful responsibility of preaching God’s Word. Preaching the Gospel is a high joy. To stand before a congregation and proclaim the Good News of God’s grace in Christ and realize this is the best news anyone can ever hear satisfies the preacher’s soul. But to remember his message has eternal consequences and that he is speaking for God makes preaching a fearful responsibility for him. It’s one thing for a doctor to prescribe medication for a sore throat, another for a doctor to perform open heart surgery. The preacher is more heart-surgeon than general practitioner. He’s got to get it right! So our pastor, however gifted he may be, needs our prayers for the empowering of the Holy Spirit when he studies God’s Word, when he prepares his sermon, and when he preaches it. How faith-building for the pastor to know that his people have been praying for him and that we’re all together in the spiritual battle of God’s Word accomplishing the purpose for which he sends it out!
Two, the devil prowls like a lion looking to devour the pastor. True, Peter warned the church, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But the devil’s no dummy. If he can corrupt the pastor’s faith, he can infect the whole church. “Strike the shepherd,” Jesus said, “and the sheep of the flock will be scattered” (Matthew 26:31). So, it seems to me that Satan has pastors, particularly, in his sights. The pastor needs the power of our prayers to be strong to resist the devil and stand firm in the faith. He needs the might of our prayers to say “no” to ungodliness. He needs the influence of our prayers to turn away from the seduction of this world for the glory of the unseen God and his yet-to-be-seen kingdom. He needs the “push” of our prayers to walk in the way of Christ, so he can call us to follow him as he follows Christ. To live out what he preaches–this may be the pastor’s greatest challenge. For that he needs to be filled with the power of the Spirit that comes through prayer.
Three, the weight of concern he carries daily for the church is heavy. Paul boasted of many things that showed his weakness. One was ” . . . the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:28). A pastor cares for the well-being of his people as individuals. A pastor cares about the spiritual health of the church as a family. A pastor cares about the influence of the church in the community. A pastor cares about the hurts of the members. A pastor cares about the people loving each other as Christ loved us, instead of bickering and fighting. A pastor cares that the church he leads see and enjoy the glory of God. The weight of all this concerncan be heavy. A pastor needs people who will hold him up in prayer, as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands for the battle in the wilderness (Exodus 17:12).
Four, the pastor is just a man like us. Times have changed since the days when a minister was a revered member of the community. Yet, even today, we subconsciously assume that the pastor exists in a higher spiritual realm than the rest of us. Certainly we expect him to know God’s Word better (and to know God better) and to walk in closer fellowship with him than the rest of us “ordinary” people. How can he lead if he isn’t further ahead forging the path of following Jesus? But he is tempted in every way as we are—and he (unlike our great High Priest) isn’t without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Like, he has a family to care for and relationship problems that rise from time to time. He may have health issues and financial struggles. His body and car break down just like ours. God doesn’t shelter him in a spiritual cocoon! As they say, he puts his pants on one leg at a time too. For the ordinary stuff of day-to-day life, our pastor needs our prayers as much as we need his.
Now our church—SonRise Community—is elder-led. That means, while our pastor is “first among equals”, all our elders need our prayers as they lead together. So whether our prayer list is in our head or on paper, let’s be sure to add our pastor and the other elders. As the book of Hebrews says in a slightly different context: that will be an advantage to us all (Hebrews 13:17b).