Praying for Pastors

by Benjamin Burks on February 6, 2011 · 0 comments



1Th 5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

If the apostle needed the intercessions of the saints, surely your pastor needs your prayers as well. Prayer is an act of faith. Believing God is and can work His work through us today. Prayer is being dependant on God. Prayer is the offensive weapon for the believer. “Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.” E. M. Bounds. “The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.” Leonard Ravenhill. Pray for your Pastor today!

Here are some suggestions as to how you might pray for your pastor:

Pray that your pastor will be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. He will not be able to do the work of God without the help of God. God wants him to live a life controlled by His Spirit.

Pray that your pastor will have a strong marriage and believing children. Recently a denominational official was heard to say, “The moral failures among our ministers are epidemic.” Pray that your pastor and spouse will be loving, moral examples in their relationship, and that their children will not grow up to be embittered by the unfortunate realities of pastoral ministry.

Pray that your pastor will be kept from the allurements of love of money, sexual sin, and pride. These are three age-old snares the enemy has employed to ruin God’s servants. Any one of these will prove fatal to a minister’s integrity and fruitfulness.

Pray that your pastor will be kept from the “slough of despond.” Pastoral ministry is both rewarding and tough. Every genuine, God-called man wants to be effective in ministry. Too often fruit is not seen for labors done. Pray that your pastor will not lose heart but will keep encouraged in the Lord.
Pray that your pastor will be faithful in ministry–-faithful to Jesus Christ the Head of the Church, and faithful to the sheep which God has appointed him as under shepherd.

God has called him to bring forth fruit. Pray that he will not fritter away his hours on lesser things, but gives himself fully and wholeheartedly to the work of God.

There is never any excuse for God’s men to fail the grace of God. However, could it be if God’s people built a wall of daily, fervent prayer around God’s servants, there would be even fewer casualties in our pulpits?

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