Matthew R. Perry

Praying for Your Pastor

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2006 at 10:27 am

Justin Taylor in his blog has posted an excellent quote from a book by Kent and Barbara Hughes called Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. I had to reproduce it here. (HT: Mark Combs).

Every pastor knows that the strength of the ministry rests on prayer, and that it is those faithful souls who pray regularly for him and the church who bring God’s special blessing upon the ministry. This fact invites a marvelous “what if” scenario. What if not just a few but the entire leadership and congregation prayed in detail every day for the pastor and their church? What would happen to his heart, to his preaching, to worship, to evangelism, to missions? Can there be any doubt that the minister and his people would know greater enablement than ever before in their lives?

Prayer is where the congregation must begin in this whole matter of encouragement. Will you make a personal commitment to encourage your pastor by daily prayer for him and his work? If so, we leave you with this suggestive outline, from which you can draw your own prayer list.

Pray that he will be a true success: that he will be faithful, true to God’s Word and hardworking; that he will be a servant, following the example of our foot-washing Lord; that he will love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength; that he will truly believe what he believes about Christ; that he will lead a holy life, and not succumb to the sensuality of our culture; that he will lead a life of deep prayer, following Jesus’ example; that he will have a positive attitude free from jealousy.

Pray for his ministry–for his preaching, for time to prepare, for understanding the Word, for application, for the power of the Holy Spirit in delivery, for Sunday’s services, for his leadership, for immediate problems he is facing.

Pray for his marriage–for time for each other, for communication, for a deepening love, for fidelity.

Pray for his children by name. Perhaps you might ask the pastor or his wife how they would like you to pray for their children.

  1. I think asking for prayers is a wonderful thing. Is it all right if I ask the Virgin Mary to pray for me? I hope people who are in heaven can still pray. Or maybe we aren’t supposed to talk to people who are in heaven.

  2. I think the Virgin Mary would tell you to talk directly to her Son, for that seems to be the way she pointed in her Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Pray to the one she prays to — that might work.

  3. That’s my point, and I wouldn’t have made it if I hadn’t detected an anti-Marian tone in your blog.

    You’re asking people to pray for their pastors. I think that’s great. If I want to ask Mary to pray for me, why is that wrong?

    You say that I should pray to the one that she prays to. Okay. It sounds like you’re saying no one should ever ask anyone to pray for them. Talk to God only. Otherwise, if you ask your Aunt Clara to pray for you, obviously you are worshipping her.


    I’ve ditched the pseudonym, but it’s Gerald Bostock again.

  4. Name me one instance in the Scriptures where anyone advocates praying to anyone in heaven other than God. Asking folks on earth to pray for you, sure! Great biblical warrant there — see every one of Paul’s letters. But to pray to someone who is already in heaven that is not God? No biblical warrant there.

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