George Whitefield once pointed out, based upon the text “Brothers, pray for us.” in 1 Thessalonians 5:25:
If the great St. Paul, that chosen vessel, that favorite of heaven, needed the most importunate prayers of his Christian converts; much more do the ordinary ministers of the gospel stand in need of the intercession of their respective flocks.
Pastors desperately need the prayers of their congregations.
I have listed ten ways to pray for your pastor:
- Pray that Christ would be his primary identity. Not manhood, not being a husband, not being a father, not being a pastor, but who he is in Christ. That he would more deeply understand the gospel and embrace it more fervently.
- Pray that Christ would be his primary ambition. Not the admiration of people or the importance of fame, but the Lord’s “well done”. That his desire would be to know Christ!
- Pray that he would quickly pursue repentance. Short sin accounts and a killing of sin. That he would be kept from pride, from cynicism, and from despair.
- Pray that his aim would be gospel character and Christ-likeness.
- Pray that he would consistently and daily depend on the Holy Spirit in prayer. That he would love to talk to God.
- Pray that he would study diligently so that he might teach the Word faithfully. That he desires the Word to effect real change in his life.
- Pray that he would boldly, joyfully, and intentionally share the gospel with the non-Christians in his social community. That he would seek to follow his Savior’s example of being a friend of sinners.
- Pray that he would seek God’s guidance as to where to focus his efforts in ministry and where to lead the church. That he would be dependent in all his efforts and taking appropriate rest.
- Pray that God would bless his home. That God would make him a biblical husband and father. That his testimony in the home is one that allows his family to be able to respect him when he is in the pulpit and in the exercise of church leadership, so that he might feed them along with the rest of the congregation.
- Pray for his spirituality, his convictions, his humility, his faithfulness, his purity, his ministry, his teaching, his marriage and his children.