10 ways I’m praying for my pastor

My pastor needs prayer. So does yours. The apostle Paul acknowledged repeatedly that he needed the church to pray for him. He appealed to the Romans: “strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf” (Rom. 15:30). To the church at Corinth Paul wrote: “You also must help us by prayer” (2 Cor.‬ ‭1‬:‭11‬). He twice urged the Thessalonians: “Brothers, pray for us” (1 Thess.‬ ‭5‬:‭25; 2 Thess. 3:1‬). Like Paul, every pastor desperately needs the prayers of his congregation. Here are 10 specific and biblical ways I am praying for my pastor:

1. I pray that his first love will be Jesus (John 21:15-17).

2. I pray he will keep his marriage and family a priority. They are his first ministry (Eph. 5:25; 1 Tim. 3:4).

3. I pray he will have the mindset that true success in ministry is measured by faithfulness to God—nothing more, nothing less (1 Cor. 4:2).

4. I pray for his purity so that he will not fall into temptation (Ps. 24:3-4).

5. I pray he will continually seek God’s direction for our church (Ex. 33:13-15; Ps. 32:8; James 1:5).

6. I pray he will have boldness to speak the truth and grace to speak it with humility (Acts 20:18-21; Eph. 6:19).

7. I pray that he will teach sound doctrine (2 Tim. 2:15; Titus 1:9; 2:1).

8. I pray he will discern what is most important and be guarded against the tyranny of the urgent (Acts 6:1-4).

9. I pray God will protect him from negative criticism, false expectations, and gossip, and that he will have a soft heart in the face of abusive and mean-spirited people (Prov. 26:4).

10. I pray he will receive the rest that he needs (Luke 5:15-16).

Pastor, “far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you” (1 Sam. 12:23).


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