Prayer should be natural, like talking to a good friend. God knows everything, so you can talk to Him about everything and anything as you develop your personal relationship. You can’t go to God in prayer only when there’s an emergency. The communication path needs to be established before that.
Five guidelines that will help you have the right attitude as you pray are: 1. Be Spontaneous 2. Be Specific 3. Ask the right way. 4. Pray with all your heart. 5. Pray continually – quit talking to yourself throughout the day and begin talking to God.
How to Pray For Your Pastor
We can break down the prayer needs of a pastor or Christian leader into four areas. Each day as you pray, select an area to focus on. You don’t need to cover all of the topics in all of the areas every day. If you are not aware of a special need, then work your way through the list from top to bottom, then start over again.
- Humility: Ask God to give your pastor true humility, which includes having a servant’s heart, being teachable, admitting wrongdoing, being willing to receive positive criticism, and reliance on God.
- Wisdom to know God’s agenda: Effective leaders function according to God’s agenda, not their own. Pray that your pastor remains sensitive to God’s leading and that he will live and work according to God’s priorities.
- Positive relationships: Ask God to help your pastor be patient with himself and others, to interact positively with difficult people in the congregation, and to treat everyone with love and respect.
- The Fruit of the Spirit: Every Christian should seek to live a Spirit-filled life. Pray that your pastor would develop love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- Health: Ask God to give your pastor good health and safety when he travels.
- The priority of family: The demands of ministry can damage a Christian leader’s family life. Pray that your pastor would make family his top priority, second only to his relationship with God. Pray that he would spend enough time with them, and minister to their needs first. If your pastor has children, pray that they would love God with all their hearts.
- Provision for the family: Ask God to meet the needs of your pastor and to show the lay leadership in the church how they can better provide for them.
- Time alone with God: Ask God to make prayer, Scripture reading, and worship daily priorities in your leader’s life.
- Anointing: Without the power of the Holy Spirit, a leader can do nothing of value.
- Integrity: Your leader struggles with temptation just like any other person. In fact, the enemy will try to tempt her more than others. Satan knows that when he hurts the leader, the followers suffer.
- Protection From Spiritual Warfare: Pray that your leader would put on the full armor of God, as outlined in Ephesians 6:10-18, and that he/she will be given protection from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).
- Accountability: Ask God to bring into your leader’s life other Christian leaders who can keep him/her accountable.
- Evangelism: Pray that your pastor will have a heart for the lost and he will make evangelism a priority.
- Personal growth: A pastor who continues to grow in his spiritual life and his ability to lead is being equipped to help people grow and develop.
- Mobilization of the laity: Ask God to make your pastor an effective motivator and equipper of the people to do the work of the ministry.
- Intercession: Pray that your pastor would make intercession for the people a daily priority.
If you begin praying for your pastor today, there’s no telling what may happen in your church tomorrow.