Pastor’s Prayer Force Report

Pastor’s Prayer Force Report

BY RICHARD FLOWERS

The following report is from Pastor Richard Flowers of Emmanuel
Pentecostal Church, Mesquite, Texas:

“While attending General Conference in Detroit, I entered my room at the Renaissance Center and the message indicator light was blinking. When I inquired, I was told I had a fax downstairs at the concierge desk. The fax was signed by sixteen men from the church I pastor. They are members of the Pastor’s Prayer Team, known in our church as the SWAT Team (Spiritual Warfare and Triumph). They were on duty that week and wanted me to know I (and my family) would be lifted up in prayer every day that week. It has become a regular event if I am out of town to receive a phone call or fax from a team captain who is just checking in to tell me I am being prayed for on his watch.

I receive daily phone calls from precious men who speak to me briefly and tell me, ‘Pastor, I just want you to know this is my day to pray and fast for you and your family.’ Four teams, who title themselves after the four branches of the military, each serve once every four weeks. Within each group, members are assigned days of the week to be our prayer partners for that particular day. The SWAT Team on duty for the week meets one hour before church each Sunday to pray for the services that day. They pray over the physical property and over the leadership for that service. From the SWAT Teams, prayer leaders are recruited for each Sunday. These six to eight men sit in the different sections of the sanctuary and are prepared to pray for anyone around them in their section, anointing them with oil. We have made our aisles an extension of our altars. People are encouraged to step out into the aisles and a prayer leader near them will organize the prayer effort for that need involving surrounding worshipers.

During our Annual Missions Conference, the SWAT Team was called to come and stand across the front of the church with outstretched arms and prayed for the congregation to be open to the missions endeavor. What a powerful response from the congregation as the glory of the Lord fell on the church. In the closing altar service there was an appeal made for those willing to become AIM workers to present themselves to the Lord. Brother Garry Tracy and Brother Robert Rodenbush both felt to have the SWAT Team gather around those who came forward and pray for them. The experience was truly apostolic. The prayer ministry of our church is a top priority with great emphasis placed on involvement personally and corporately.

With the intense pressure against the ministry today it is gratifying to know there is a great number of saints who believe enough in me as pastor to step up to the line and give daily of their time for me and my family. What a wonderful hedge of protection Renee and I enjoy in this battle for revival.”

This report appeared in the March, 1998, issue of The Mississippi Torch.
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Praying for Your Pastor

Praying for Your Pastor

SUNDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS PREACHER-TEACHER

“Pray for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel.” Ephesians 6:19

  • Pray that Christ may be lifted up through him
  • Pray that he may experience the anointing of the Spirit in his preaching.
  • Pray that needs may be met, hearts blessed and lives changed, through the preaching of the word.

 

MONDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS SERVANT LEADER-ADMINISTRATOR

“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil, for who can govern this your great people?” I Kings 3:9

  • Pray that he may lead his staff with the direction and sensitivity that only the Holy Spirit can offer.
  • that he may offer guidance to the Overseers (Elders) and lay leadership that may bring unity and shared vision.

 

TUESDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS A PERSON

“Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.  He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-11

  • Pray for his Sabbath this day and rest in the Lord.
  • Pray for him as part of his family . . . a husband, a father, a son . . . that those cherished times in his home shall be a blessing to his soul and to the souls of his loved ones.
  • Pray that things of earth will not overtake his spirit with preoccupation and misplaced priorities.

 

WEDNESDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS A PASTOR

“I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15

  • Pray that the Holy Spirit may be the Comforter of souls through His servant as he counsels the troubled, visits the sick in homes and hospitals, and exhibits the love of Christ in his daily acts of ministry.
  • Pray that, as Pastor to his staff, he may emulate the strength and compassion of the Good Shepherd.

 

THURSDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS PROPHET

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2

  • Pray that as he prepares his sermons, only the Word of the Lord may be revealed.
  • Pray that the emerging vision God has for His people may be revealed and clearly interpreted through His servant.

 

FRIDAYI PRAY FOR HIM AS EVANGELIST

“ . . . How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”  Romans 10:15

  • Pray for him as he wins souls to Christ and as he teaches others to win souls to Christ.
  • Pray that doors of opportunity for witness may be continually opening to him.

 

SATURDAY: I PRAY FOR HIM AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, that you may b able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12

  • Pray that he may continue to discover new depths of understanding as a student of the Word.
  • Pray that he may ever find a consistent balance between the Word and the deed as he follows Jesus.
  • Pray that a wall of protection of the Holy Spirit may keep him safe from the devices of Satan.

 

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8 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor

8 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor

Sometimes pastors are the loneliest people in the church. Often their hours are long, the pay minimal, the criticism considerable and constant.  Feelings of disappointment, discouragement, and defeat may begin to plague the best of them. 

Paul’s admonition to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13 ) should encourage us to remember
our shepherds.

Here are eight ways to make their lives better.

  1. Cut the criticism.

Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, creator and host of television’s “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,”
recently gave an address describing the time he was a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and attended a different church each Sunday in order to hear a variety of preachers.One Sunday he was treated to “the most poorly crafted sermon (he) had ever heard.”  But when he turned to the friend who had accompanied him, he found her in tears.”It was exactly what I needed to hear,” she told Rogers.

    “That’s when I realized,” he told his audience,” that the space between someone doing the best he or she can and someone in need is holy ground. The Holy Spirit had transformed that feeble sermon for her–and as it turned out, for me too.”

    Unlike most workers who are evaluated once or twice a year, clergy are often critiqued weekly after each worship service. It’s not unusual to hear people say “the music was poor,” “the hymn selection was awful,” or “the sermon was boring.” We would do well to remember that most spiritual leaders work hard to make worship a unique celebration each week.

 

  1. Pray regularly.

Ask God to shower your pastor with an abundance of love, hope, joy, faith, peace, power, wisdom, and courage. Pray for your spiritual leader’s maturity and growth in the faith. As you pray keep in mind this wisdom from German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “If you treat a person as he is, he will stay as he is; but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

 

  1. Express appreciation in writing.

A spoken compliment is always welcome, but a written one can be read over and over again for years. So, when you hear or see something you like from your minister, write an appreciative note.

 

  1. Use your skills to bless.

Are you proficient with computers? Help your pastor master the church’s new computer. Are you a mechanic? Offer to service the car free of charge or at a reduced fee.One pastor I know recalls: “I was pasturing my first church — a small congregation with limited resources. While there, I developed a series of dental problems and could not afford treatment. What a joy it was when a dentist in the church offered to treat me for free. Correcting my dental problem involved nearly a dozen visits. He treated me carefully and cheerfully each time. I have thought of that dentist many times since then and the memories of his kindness continue to bless my life.”

 

  1. Squelch gossip.

If you hear a negative comment, respond with a positive one. If misinformation is being spread, correct it with the accurate information.  Or, if people are gossiping, just walk away.  Remember the Bible soundly condemns gossip and careless speech. James 1:26 says, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” And Psalm 34:13 reads, “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.”

 

  1. Offer to meet a need.

Some people make their spiritual leaders defensive and angry by saying, “You need to _” That approach is seldom welcome and almost always counterproductive.  If you see a need, approach your spiritual leader by saying, “I’d like to help by _” If you see an area that can be improved, take responsibility for working on it.Be an active participant in your church. Get involved by teaching a class, leading a workshop, singing in the choir, feeding the hungry. Ask your spiritual leader where and how you can employ your gifts.

 

  1. Be openly responsive.

Nothing so animates and excites a spiritual leader as seeing people respond to the preaching and teaching. Imagine the surprise and delight of a pastor in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who, when greeting a visitor to his church, found she came because of the kindness of a church member who was her neighbor.”I’m recently divorced, a single parent and new to this community,” she told the pastor. “To keep up with rent and provide for my three children, I must work two jobs. That leaves me very little time for yard work. I was relieved when the weeds didn’t overrun my yard as I had feared they might. However, when I made an unscheduled trip home in the middle of my workday, I discovered the reason why the weeds had not taken over my yard.”My 86-year-old neighbor — a member of your church — was on his hands and knees pulling my weeds. I barely knew this man and he was embarrassed to be caught in this anonymous act of kindness. He explained that he heard you preach a sermon on the importance of living a life of compassion and kindness and decided to put that sermon into practice by weeding my lawn.”

    One pastor’s heart filled with joy when a group of women in Washington, D.C., responded to a sermon preached from the words of Jesus–“Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matt. 7:1). After hearing the sermon, the women decided to give a baby shower for the young woman who provided childcare while they met for Bible study. She was unmarried, close to going on welfare, and without support from her family or the father-to-be. The young woman was moved to tears by the surprise baby shower.

    Later, the women explained to the pastor, “Your sermon taught us that it’s possible to reach out to someone in need — in this case, an unwed mother — without judging or condoning the situation.”

 

  1. Throw away the measuring stick.

Don’t expect that your present spiritual leaders will do things the same way their predecessors did. Lay aside personal agendas and preferences. Instead, focus on how your leader is being used by God to do effective ministry now. By serving your shepherds, you will ensure that they will not only be encouraged but will feel appreciated and continue to minister with enthusiasm and energy.Copyright 1999 by Victor Parchin and Christianity Today. 
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20 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Pastor

Use the following scriptures-based prayers to pray for your pastor and/or youth pastor or assistant/associate pastor

  1. I thank You, Father, that Your eyes are on my shepherd and Your ears are attentive to my pastor’s prayers and Your face is against those who plot evil against my pastor (1 Peter 3:12). For I know that in all things You work for the good of _____ (insert your pastor’s name) who loves You (Romans 8:28). Who can accuse this pastor who is daily interceded for by Christ Jesus? (Romans 8:33-34).  Therefore, in all things my pastor is more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Thank You, God.
  1. Lord, I pray for discernment in exposing any schemes of the enemy against my pastor. Show our congregation how to pray against all powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of darkness in heavenly realms. And, Lord, protect us as we wage warfare on behalf of our pastor (Ephesians 6:11-12).
  1. Father, I thank You that no weapons formed against my pastor will prosper. Every tongue raised against my shepherd will be cast down. Rumors and gossip will be turned aside. For _____ will be still before the Lord and wait on You. My pastor will dwell in the shadow of the Most High God and will be delivered from terror, darts of doubt, and diseases (Psalm 91:5-6). Set Your angels about my pastor (Psalm 91:11) and no power of the enemy shall harm _____(Luke 10:19). Thank God forevermore!
  1. Lord, let _____ have a discerning mind to prioritize the precious minutes in the day. Let my pastor discern what is most important and be guarded against the tyranny of the urgent (2 Corinthians 11:14, 1 John. 4:1).
  1. Father, allow my pastor to glory only in the cross (Gal. 6:14).  Keep my pastor from pride and pity. Let the cross be his reason for ministry.
  1. Jesus keep my pastor holy in every way (1 Pet. 1:16). Protect my shepherd from seducing spirits especially when he/she is tired and hard-pressed. Give _____ comrades to help protect him/her, and to share with in personal holiness (Jas. 4:7). As my pastor draws near to You, draw near to my pastor (James 4:8).
  1. I pray that the eyes of my pastor may be enlightened to know the hope to which we are called and know the riches of our glorious inheritance in the saints. Let my pastor know the incomparable great power that is in us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19). Let _____ see the full revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:12). Place in him/her a desire to know Christ and the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10).
  1. Lord, I lift up the hands of my pastor and his/her family. Place them in the shelter of the Most High to rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, You are their refuge and fortress. You will preserve their family time. You will cover their home. Your faithfulness will meet their financial needs in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). You will command Your angels to guard them as they travel and win the lost. You have said, “I will be with [them] in trouble, I will deliver [them] and honor [them]. With a long life, I will satisfy [them] and show [them] my salvation” (Psalm 91:15-16). In Jesus’ name I cancel all assignments of the enemy against them.
  1. In Jesus’ name I speak to church hurts, abuse, and ungrateful forces to move. I speak to mountains of criticism and in ordinate expectations to be cast into the sea. I speak to stress, excessive phone counseling, and fatigue to be cast into the sea, and I believe every need, vision, and dream of _____’s will be completed (Mark 11:22-24, Philippians 4:19).
  1. Forgive those who hurt _____ and speak against him/her, and may my pastor walk in forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32-5:1). Guard my pastor from futile thinking (Eph. 4:17) and a vain imagination. Let every thought be taken captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
  1. In Jesus’ name I bind the fear of failure and the fear of human kind (John 14:1). Let _____’s confidence not be eroded by the daily resistance to the gospel or his/her vision. Allow my pastor to fear God more than people.
  1. Father, heal my shepherd’s heart of any grief caused by ministry. Bestow on my pastor a crown of beauty instead of ashes and anoint him/her with the oil of gladness instead of mourning. Clothe my shepherd with a garment of praise instead of a spirit of depression. I call my pastor an oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord to display Your splendor (Isaiah 61:3).
  1. Keep my pastor in the midst of good and exciting worship. Keep my pastor from the traditions of men and religion that hold the form of godliness, but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5). Give _____ a vision of heaven (Isaiah 6, Revelation 4).
  1. With my shield of faith I cover my shepherd’s mind to quench all flaming darts of doubt or vain imagination or mental distractions (Ephesians 6:16, Colossians 2:6-8). Let the mind of Christ be strong in my pastor (1 Corinthians 2:16).
  1. Lord, I stand against the enemies of my pastor’s prayer life: “busyness”(Acts 6:2-4), compulsions, compromise (Acts 5), unnecessary phone calls, chronic counselees, fatigue, sleepiness (Matthew 26:41), appetites, television, late meetings, over-commitments, and doubt. Let nothing hinder _____’s time with You. Let my pastor rise up to seek You (Mark 1:35), pray with other pastors (Acts 1:14), and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Give my pastor the time, the desire, and the place to pray (Acts 16:16). I rebuke in the name of Jesus any distractions from my pastor’s devotional life.
  1. Bless my pastor with rich study time (Acts 6:4, 2 Timothy 2:15).
  1. As _____ preaches, let him/her proclaim Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28). Let my pastor’s preaching be in the energy of the Holy Spirit.
  1. Lord, by Your Holy Spirit, anoint _____ to preach, and bring apostolic results (Acts 2:37). As my pastor speaks the Word, let signs and wonders follow confirming it (Mark 16:20). Let the sick be healed; let the oppressed be set free. Anoint _____ with the truth (Matthew 16:17). Let people be cut to the heart and accept Jesus Christ.
  1. Lord, as You have promised, grant my beloved shepherd lasting fruit (Malachi 3:11, John 15:16). Let my pastor’s converts become disciples who in turn disciple. Bless my pastor with disciples who grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  1. Lord, keep my pastor in the fear of God. Let my pastor not fear people (Proverbs 19:23). Give _____ boldness to confront sin and church controllers. Honor my pastor’s stand for You. Come to my pastor’s rescue. I claim Psalm 35 for my shepherd.
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