Several years ago, I found the following at the web site of a church known for its prayer ministry. I share it with you because whether or not you go to my church, you have a pastor who needs prayer - but ESPECIALLY if you go to my church!
I have several friends who are pastors and I am committing to pray this for them as well. Let me challenge you to pray in this manner for your pastor and staff and watch what God does in response to your faithfulness in prayer.
THESE ARE 15 WAYS THAT WE ENCOURAGE OUR MEMBERS TO PRAY FOR OUR STAFF
At our church, we feel it is very important that we build our church upon a foundation of prayer. Below are 15 ways that we have committed to pray for our pastor and staff.
- Father, keep my pastor and staff from remaining discouraged.
- Father, help my pastor and staff to function under the high pressure and stress of their job.
- Father, help my pastor and staff to put their families ahead of their profession.
- Father, help my pastor and staff to be patient with people who have unrealistic expectations.
- Father, comfort my pastor and staff when they feel socially isolated.
- Father, protect my pastor and staff from the relentless attacks of Satan. (We consider this one to be very important and ask that you pray this prayer each day.)
- Father, provide for the financial needs of my pastor and staff and their families.
- Father, prevent my pastor and staff from becoming withdrawn.
- Father, help my pastor and staff to spiritually discern their enemies inside and outside the church.
- Father, grant my pastor and staff strong time-management skills.
- Father, help my pastor and staff to base their self-image on what You say about them, instead of what people say about them.
- Father, keep my pastor and staff from becoming jealous of or competitive with other pastors and staffs.
- Father, help my pastor and staff to establish and keep a daily quiet time.
- Father, provide strength and quality time for my pastor's and staff's spouses and children.
- Father, help my pastor and staff forgive those who mistreat and unjustly criticize them.