My husband recently got back from a week-long trip out of state to attend a pastors' conference. Thankfully, everything here went as smoothly as could be expected. The car battery died once when temperatures dropped to twenty below, our hot water heater went out the same day, and our toilet malfunctioned and was out of commission for a day and a half, but at the very least we all stayed healthy and (relatively) happy.
I'm so happy to have Scott back home and just as glad for the time he received of spiritual refreshing. Seeing how blessed he was reminded me how important it is to cover our pastors in prayer. Their jobs are tiring, demanding, and take more spiritual stamina than most of us realize.
You probably agree that it's important to pray for your pastor, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to focus on. Here are a few quick areas where I'm sure your pastor would appreciate prayers.
1. Pray for his spiritual walk. One of the most dangerous lies congregants believe is that their pastor is blessed with a deeper relationship with Christ simply as a result of his position. You may think your pastor has it easy. He gets paid to study God’s Word. But your pastor has so many distractions and so many demands for his time that his devotional life may be one of the first things to suffer during a busy spell. Praying or spending time in God’s Word for personal edification can really start to feel like work when that’s what he’s been doing at the office all week. He might be so busy feeding his flock so to speak that he neglects to nourish his own soul on the refreshing Word of God.
Lord, please help my pastor to look to you for his strength, encouragement, and inspiration. Fill him with your anointing this week. Give him joy as he studies your Word, and bless him in his prayer life so he can enjoy deeper fellowship with you.
2. Pray for spiritual protection. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, even the most talented preacher will be unable to breathe life and hope and encouragement into his congregation Sunday after Sunday. So many pastors are fulfilling the work God’s called them to with very little prayer covering protecting them. As a prayer warrior, you’re the ground support. You’re the one blessing your pastor with strength and inspiration by your prayers while he’s out there ministering on the frontlines. Don’t let him jump into that battle alone! Your pastor needs the Holy Spirit every day as he ministers to your church body.
Father God, please encourage my pastor today. Deliver him from discouragement and exhaustion. Give him strength and energy to fulfill the work you’ve called him to. Give him victory over every evil attack against him, and cover his mind, body, and spirit with your powerful protection.
3. Pray for his family. As a pastor’s wife, I can tell you unequivocally how important your prayers are! When a pastor is doing the work of the Lord day in and day out, he’s opening himself up to spiritual assault. One of the places the enemy loves to attack is his family. Your pastor’s marriage, his wife, his children — all of these will suffer if the devil has his way. Don’t assume that just because your pastor is a full-time minister that he has the perfect home life. Instead, bless him by your prayers and ask God to strengthen his family every single day.
Lord, please watch over my pastor’s family. Bless his marriage and allow them to enjoy open communication, harmonious unity, and refreshing joy. Protect his children and watch over their health and spiritual well-being. Give him wisdom as a husband and a father to make wise decisions as the head of his home.
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