Pray for Your Pastor~ Way 3
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. ~1 Thessalonians 5:12,13
Perhaps it seems obvious to pray for your pastor, but have you ever considered that this is one of the best ways to appreciate him?
Prayer changes things. Mostly it changes us. When we pray, our hearts move from trusting in ourselves to trusting in God. Whenever my kids are upset with one another, I challenge them to pray for each other. It is very hard to stay upset with someone you have just prayed for! When we pray for our pastors, we are seeking God’s will to be done in their lives.
…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. ~James 5:16 KJV
When I was a little girl, my bedroom was connected to my Pastor Dad’s office through my closet. Every once in awhile, I would sneak into his office and often I would find him kneeling at his desk chair, hands folded, praying for our family and for our church family. For over 30 years he prayed faithfully for others.
I often wonder how many prayer warriors prayed for him. I have a feeling that there were many, because I saw the evidence of a pastor who grew in wisdom, humility and compassion. I also saw my Daddy go through times of depression and through those times, I learned the importance of praying for him.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ~1 Peter 5:8
If the statistics are true that 70% of pastors battle depression (and I would submit to you that it probably is- after all, our enemy is compared to a roaring lion!), we need to understand that prayer is essential.
There are many resources for praying for your pastor. Here are a few that I think are fantastic…
5 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor
20 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Pastor
Pray for Your Pastor! (this is actually a post from Tim Challies where he shares 10 other posts. Great stuff!)
There are many excellent ways to pray for your pastor, but it is important to pray specifically. The only way we can do this is if we know our pastors. So, find out what their typical schedule is like and establish a prayer plan based on their schedule. It might look something like this…
Monday: Pray for a focused time of study. Pray that distractions would not get in the way of his time in the Word. Pray for clarity of thought, wakefulness in reading, and perseverance.
Tuesday: Pray for administrative duties, that he would respond to emails and calls. Pray for wisdom in decision making, compassion in his care of others and selflessness in his dealings with others.
Wednesday: Pray for humility. Pray that he would not be tempted to think too highly of himself. Pray that he would be faithful in carrying out the tasks that lie before him.
Thursday: Pray that he would finish his sermon notes and that his sermon preparation will be complete. Pray that he would be prepared for any meeting he has. Pray that he would have strength to work hard, patience to deal with frustrations, gentleness in the way he speaks and a joy in his work.
Friday: Pray that today would be a day where he would be refueled. Help him to enjoy his time with family. Give him an opportunity to enjoy a hobby.
Saturday: Pray for a day filled with friendships. Give him opportunities to talk about your Word with others who will sharpen him. Give him a genuine love for others.
Sunday: Speak through him in a powerful way. Help him to trust in you, to rest in your truth, and to lead others to your throne. Give him strength and compassion, wisdom and humility. May he seek your glory alone.
If you have never asked your pastor how you can pray for him, I would encourage you to do so.
The thing that stood out to me is someone taking time to call my husband and tell him that they are praying for him. It really meant a lot to him to hear that. ~a Pastor’s wife
Way 3: Praying for your pastor is a way of telling him that you appreciate him.