Praying for your pastors

Pastoral ministry is a business unlike 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 like 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, out of 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. 

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#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. 

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#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. 

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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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Brothers, pray for us. ~1 Thessalonians 5:25

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 that suggest practical ways to pray for those who provide spiritual leadership for the flock.

Day One: The Greatest Commandment

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 6:33

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. —Deuteronomy 6:5

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

Day Two: Strong Character and Integrity

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:5, 3:7; Ephesians 6:10–12

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. —1 Timothy 1:5

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.

Day Three: Pursuing Jesus

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:35; 2 Timothy 2:15–16

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. — 2 Timothy 2:15

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.

Day Four: Growing in Discernment

Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:7; James 1:5–6; John 17:15

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

Pray that your pastor will counsel and teach with discernment through the wise use of Scripture and faith in God’s power to work. Pray that he will be protected from the effects of sinful or negative attitudes that he encounters as he counsels.

Day Five: A Strong Marriage

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:23–33

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. — Ephesians 5:25

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.)

Day Six: Healing and Joy

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:3

To grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit.
—Isaiah 61:3

Ask God to heal any hurts that your pastor has suffered in the ministry. Pray that he will serve the Lord with gladness and encourage the congregation to worship God with a joyful, surrendered spirit.

Day Seven: A Strong Family

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:20–21

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

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.)

Day Eight: Protection from Evil

Scripture Reading: John 17:15; Isaiah 54:17; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Peter 3:12; Psalm 9:9–10, 91:9–11

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. —Psalm 91:9–10

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.

Day Nine: Tending the Prayer Hedges

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:30; 2 Corinthians 10:4–5; Matthew 19:6

So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. —Matthew 19:6

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. (If your pastor is not married, pray for his relationships with loved ones and those who are close to him.)

Day Ten: A Guarded Heart

Scripture Reading: Romans 13:14; 1 Peter 1:16; Ephesians 6:10–18; 2 Corinthians 10:4

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. —Ephesians 6:10–11

Pray that your pastor will use discernment in use of email, the Internet, and other media.

Ask God to guard his heart concerning the use of free time. Pray that he will be morally pure and that he will wear the armor of God so that he will not fall into sexual temptation. 

Day Eleven: Deep Friendships

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:19–25

But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. —Philippians 2:22

Pray that God will bring godly friends and encouragers to your pastor and his family to strengthen them for the ministry and provide meaningful fellowship and times of rest. 

Day Twelve: Growing in Humility

Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8; Galatians 6:14; John 7:17–18; 1 Corinthians 10:1–13

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God? —Micah 6:8.

Pray that your pastor will be humble and authentic in his faith, not given to pride or hypocrisy. Pray that he will have pure motives and give God glory for every gain or victory. 

Day Thirteen: Keeping a Balanced Life

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1–2; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20, 9:27

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

Pray that your pastor will make wise lifestyle choices in order to protect his health, especially in the areas of exercise, eating moderately, and getting sufficient rest. Pray for times of relaxation and renewal to balance the stress of ministry.  

Day Fourteen: Fearing God

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:4, Proverbs 19:23; 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:1–2; Hebrews 11:6

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. —2 Timothy 2:15

Pray that your pastor will focus on the Word of God and walk in the fear of the Lord—rather than fear of man—as he prepares his messages. Pray that he will seek to please God rather than men and pursue holiness rather than the praise of men.

Day Fifteen: Leading as a Shepherd

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:9; 1 Peter 5:2; Romans 12:6–8; Jeremiah 3:15

Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;not for shameful gain, but eagerly. —1 Peter 5:2

Praise God for your pastor’s leadership and pray that he will make godly decisions. Pray that he will lead with a shepherd’s heart and that he will always speak the truth in love. 

Day Sixteen: Courageous Preaching

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:28, 4:3; Ephesians 6:19

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. —Colossians 1:28

Pray that your pastor will be courageous in the pulpit in proclaiming Christ and confident in his use of the Word of God. Ask God to help him preach with insight, transparency, and humility. 

Day Seventeen: The Great Commission

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:15; Mathew 28:19–20; Luke 19:10

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’ —Romans 10:15

Pray that your pastor will be a “Great Commission man”—committed to personal evangelism and the equipping of the saints to seek the lost. Pray that he will have a heart to develop a thriving missions program in his church.

Day Eighteen: Prayer and Worship

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Acts 1:14; Mark 1:35

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. —Mark 1:35

Pray that your pastor will be a man of prayer and worship and that he will lead by example—teaching the congregation how to walk in a close relationship with the Father. 

Day Nineteen: Using Time Wisely

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15–16; Colossians 4:5; Psalm 90:12; John 9:4

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. —Ephesians 5:15–16

Pray that your pastor will use wise time management and that he will seek God’s perspective for his schedule, guarding his time against unnecessary interruptions.

Day Twenty: A Fresh Anointing

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 15:18–19

For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me.  —Romans 15:18

Pray for a fresh divine anointing on your pastor’s ministry. Pray that God’s working will be powerfully evident both in his personal life and the spiritual life of the congregation. 

Day Twenty-One: Trusting God in Conflict

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:23

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. —1 Peter 2:23

Pray that your pastor will not give in to discouragement, but will deal with inevitable criticism and conflict by committing himself into the hands of God, who judges righteously. 

Day Twenty-Two: A Servant’s Heart

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 6:7; Mark 10:43–45; John 13:5–9; Philippians 2:3–4

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,and whoever would be first among you must be slaveof all. —Mark 10:43–44

Pray that your pastor will practice servant leadership, edifying the congregation with wisdom and serving with God’s agape love.

Day Twenty-Three: Ministry Team Unity

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:18; 14:19; 1 Corinthians 1:10–31

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. —Romans 14:19

Pray for spiritual unity in the church staff and among the spiritual leadership of the church (elders, deacons, etc.). Pray that the enemy will not be allowed to create divisions, strife, or misunderstanding among the church leaders.  

Day Twenty-Four: Clear, Biblical Vision

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 29:18; John 15:16, 17:17

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. —Proverbs 29:18

Pray that God will give your pastor a clear, biblical vision of what your church can be and should be for His glory and that he will communicate that vision clearly and confidently to the church. 

Day Twenty-Five: A Heart for Revival

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 69:32

You who seek God, let your hearts revive. —Psalm 69:32

Pray that your pastor will seek God for personal revival and revival in your church and community. 

Day Twenty-Six: The Mind of Christ

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:16; Colossians 2:6–8; Ephesians 4:17

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. —Colossians 2:6–7

Pray that your pastor will think biblically, with the mind of Christ.

Day Twenty-Seven: Seeking God’s Will

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Luke 9:23–24

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. —Luke 9:23–24

Pray that he will earnestly seek God’s will and be committed to instant and complete obedience—ready for God to work powerfully in and through his ministry. 

Day Twenty-Eight: Work Wholeheartedly

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3; Colossians 3:23–24

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. —Colossians 3:23–24

Pray that he will strive for personal excellence and will believe God for all He wants to do in the congregation. 

Day Twenty-Nine: A Growing Faith

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:18; Proverbs 3:5–6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. —Proverbs 3:5

Pray that your pastor will be a man of faith and have a passionate love for God, not giving in to worries, fears, or an uptight and anxious spirit.

Day Thirty: Financial Provision and Wisdom

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6–11; Psalm 37:25

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:19

Ask God to provide for the financial needs of your pastor and his family. Pray that he will be a wise steward of both personal finances and church funds.

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praying for your pastors

The pastor’s role is not easy, and it isn’t one that comes without opposition. As a pastor seeks to feed his flock God’s Word, comfort them when afflicted, protect them from danger, and minister the gospel to their souls, he has a target on his back. The enemy knows that “striking the shepherd will scatter the sheep” (Mark 14:27). Pastors need to be on their guards against the world, the flesh, and the devil which can subtly–or not so subtly–lure them away from serving the God they love.

To stand firm in the ministry and fulfill God’s calling, pastors need to be men of prayer and need the prayers of believers in their congregation. The Apostle Paul asked for prayer several times in his letters, for rescue from unbelievers (Romans 15:30-33), for a bold gospel proclamation (Ephesians 6:19-20), and that the word of the Lord would speed ahead and be honored (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2). If Paul needed prayer, your pastor does too!

Praying for your pastor is joining him in ministry. Paul says in his letters, “…strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf…” (Romans 15:30) and “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many” (2 Corinthians 1:11).

Your prayers for your pastor and your church will strengthen the work being done and be a service to him.

If you’re wondering how to pray for your pastor, below are several suggestions from Scripture for the pastor’s personal life, family life, and ministry life. The corresponding Bible verses listed provide a command or additional support on how to pray for pastors.

Pray for Your Pastor’s Personal Life

  • For him to seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)
  • To have a deep delight in the Word of God (Psalm 1:1-3)
  • For deep satisfaction in Christ (Psalm 63:5-7)
  • For a deep and vibrant prayer life (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
  • To model the character God mandates for leaders (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9)
  • That he wouldn’t be greedy, but content and managing money well (Titus 1:7; 1 Timothy 6:6-10)
  • That he would watch his life and doctrine closely (1 Timothy 4:16)
  • To be growing in holiness and in hatred for sin and evil (1 Thessalonians 4:3; Proverbs 8:13)
  • To constantly walk by the Spirit and display fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 22-23)
  • For him to find his identity first in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • For a transformed and a continually renewed mind (Romans 12:2)
  • To display a spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel might, knowledge, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2-3)
  • For him to abide in Christ and receive spiritual vitality from Christ (John 15:5)
  • That his life would constantly be increasing in faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love (2 Peter 1:5-9)
  • To be constantly growing in faith and the obedience of faith (Romans 1:4)
  • To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8)
  • Model a life of faith and true religion that is unpolluted by the world (James 1:27)
  • To enjoy adequate and nourishing rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
  • Deep relationships with other believers who can hold him accountable (Proverbs 27:17)
  • Protection against Satan and his schemes (Ephesians 6:11)
  • That he would walk in a manner worthy of the calling he received (Philippians 1:27)

Pray for Your Pastor’s Family Life

  • If married, that he would love his wife and cultivate a strong marriage (Ephesians 5:25)
  • For him to lead his wife to be respectable, sober-minded, and faithful in all things (1 Timothy 3:11)
  • To be a godly, dedicated, and loving father (1 Timothy 3:4-5)
  • For his children to grow up in the fear of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)
  • That God would protect their marriage from inside and outside attacks (Ephesians 5:28-33; Ephesians 4:27)
  • That his family would be united in ministry and pursuit of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:20-25)

Pray for Your Pastor’s Ministry Life

  • For his mouth to be filled with the Spirit’s words in conversation and from the pulpit (1 Corinthians 2:13)
  • Faithfulness in preaching the Word and applying it to the congregation (2 Timothy 4:1-2)
  • That he would preach Jesus Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23, 2:2)
  • That his leadership, vision, and service would be in accords with God’s will (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 12:11)
  • To be respected and well thought of by outsiders (1 Timothy 3:2, 7)
  • That he would be a pray-er for the congregation (Ephesians 1:16, 3:14-19)
  • To offer wise counsel and comfort to his flock (Colossians 1:28; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Galatians 6:1)
  • To teach sound doctrine and rebuke those who oppose it (Titus 1:9, 2:1)
  • To be wise in practicing discernment and carrying out church discipline (1 John 4:1; Philippians 1:9-10)
  • To diligently work to rightly handle the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • To be a disciple and a disciple maker who equips other disciple makers
  • That he will persevere in ministry and through trials (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5; Galatians 6:9; Romans 5:25)
  • That he would be disciplined and a hard worker (Titus 1:8; Col 3:23)
  • To protect and shepherd the flock while following the True Shepherd (Ezekiel 34; John 10:11-16)
  • To have patience and grace with difficult people (Philippians 2:3-4; Romans 12:3)
  • For him to strengthen the weak, comfort the sick, bring the back the stray, seek the lost (Ezekiel 34:16)
  • That your pastor and the church’s governing body would be united with their focus on Christ (1 Corinthians 1:10; John 17:23)
  • To be hospitable and create a welcoming atmosphere in the church (Romans 12:13)
  • To be a wise administrator and steward (1 Corinthians 12:27-28; Titus 1:8-11)
  • For protection from the fear of man (Proverbs 29:25)
  • For the church’s protection from Satan (Ephesians 6:12)
  • To proclaim the Gospel boldly and clearly (Ephesians 6:19)
  • For God to open a door for the gospel (Colossians 4:3)
  • For his words to be carefully chosen, gracious, and seasoned with salt (James 3:8; Colossians 4:6)
  • A proper alignment of priorities (Matthew 22:37-40)
  • That he would avoid gossip, dissention, and unprofitable speech and lead others away from it as well (Ephesians 4:29)

What else should we pray for? Share your prayer ideas in the comment section below.

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