Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything.” Hebrews 13:18 (HCSB)

It is clear, our spiritual leaders need prayer! The spiritual battle is so intense, so blatantly relentless, that without this prayer covering our pastors will grow weary, overwhelmed and faint in this hour of war! The call for prayer for our spiritual leaders is so Biblically supported that to not pray for them I believe is sin. James said for him who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, sins (James 4:17). Therefore, I am not simply suggesting you pray for your pastor, I am urgently pleading for you to do so, and do it earnestly and consistently!

When Peter was thrown in prison and was about to be executed, it wasn’t his prayer that set the angelic jail break into motion, “but the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:5)! Though your pastor may be praying about his needs, pressures and challenges before him, he needs your re-enforcement!

Epaphras was an intercessor whose assignment was to wrestle in prayer for the Colossian church (Colossians 4:12). Would you ask the Lord if you are to be an intercessor for your pastor?

Paul said it was important to pray for him (Ephesians 6:19-20), which obviously carries over to our own spiritual leaders. This ask comes in the context of putting on the full armor of God which includes praying in the Spirit at all times for all the saints. Obviously be aware that as you begin to seriously pray for your pastor, you will be engaging in a whole new level of warfare. So be sure to put on, and keep on the full armor of God, because the enemy will come after you, who is your pastor’s prayer shield, when he can’t get to your pastor!

Paul thanked the Corinthian church for praying for him, and declared how God had been gracious in answer to their prayers (2 Corinthians 1:10-11). You see, it is absolutely vital that we pray for our spiritual leaders, specifically your pastors. God will answer your prayers!

Here are just some ways you can pray for your pastor. I would suggest that you adopt a day and saturate your pastor in prayer each week on that day. Then keep him on the forefront of your prayers throughout the rest of the week, to be alert as the Holy Spirit calls you to pray for him! Tell the Lord you commit to pray for your pastor and now, ask the Holy Spirit to help you do so (Romans 8:26).

Pray for your pastor’s…

Marriage… Speak out his wife’s name. Pray for intimacy, healing, peace, joy, life in their relationship! Pray for oneness, for unity, for freshness in their journey together!

Children… Pray for God’s presence over the home, especially over the kids. Pray that they would come to a saving and passionate faith in Jesus. Pray that they would be protected from the stones of accusation, criticism and slander that comes from the enemy, and from wounded sheep. Pray that your pastor would NEVER sacrifice his children on the altar of ministry.

Finances… Pray that your pastor would have more than enough. Too many pastors are forced to live with barely enough. Break the poverty spirit over them and your church. Pray that your pastor would receive a double portion (1 Timothy 5:17). Pray that his family would not go without, and grow bitter because of the stinginess of your church, but would be blessed with abundance.

Stress… Pray for the peace of God that surpasses understanding would fill and guard the heart of your pastor (Philippians 4:6-7).

Weight… Pray that your pastor would be able to cast the weightiness of burdens, of leadership and of ministry upon the Lord. May the only weight that he carries is the weight of the glory of God!

Refreshment… As the enemy oppresses and tries to wear down the saints (Daniel 7:25), pray that the Lord would be your pastor’s strength. In fact, cry out for joy of the Lord to be his strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and that as he presses into God’s presence, the fullness of joy would fill him (Psalm 16:11)! Pray that his life would reflect the lightness of the Holy Spirit’s wind at his back, even in the intensity of the battle! Pray that he would be filled with “inexpressible joy” (1 Peter 1:8)!

Anointing… Pray for a fresh anointing in His leading, preaching and teaching. Pray that his cup with overflow (Psalm 23:5). Pray that as he digs into the word, that his soul would overflow with fresh power, perspective and wisdom!

Fear of the Lord… Too many pastors fear man, fear failure, fear not being in control, and on and on and on. Pray that your pastor would fear only the Lord, and that all other fears would fall off of him. Declare that the fear of the Lord would launch your pastor into new and deeper levels of wisdom and discernment in this hour (Proverbs 9:10).

Fire in his belly… Cry out for renewed passion for Jesus and his calling, for restoration of first love (Revelation 2:4), for remembering why he is doing what he does and a fresh zeal for the Holy Spirit upon him to do it!

Gold from God… Ask God to show him his true condition, of absolute desperation for God, that he is naked and poor, wretched and blind and needs to buy heavenly gold and salve for his eyes from God (Revelation 3:15-18). Thank the Lord for meeting your pastor in such a place of broken and contrite of heart (Isaiah 66:2).

Holiness… God has called us all to be holy like He is holy (1 Peter 15-16), and even more so for your pastor, as he is held to a higher standard (James 3:1). Cry out for purity, for freedom from pride, lust, pornography, indecent entertainment, and inappropriate relationships. Cry out that your pastor would hate sin, as God hates it!

Break off addictions… The word of God is so clear that though all things are permissible, not all things are beneficial, and that we should be mastered by nothing other than God Himself (1 Corinthians 6:12). Break off, loosen addictions both good and bad things in his life!

Right people… Cry out to God for the right, life-giving people to surround your pastor. Ask God to expose bad influences, especially the ones who have infiltrated his inner circle but have nefarious intent. Yes, they are there! But pray for good leaders, and for godly friends to be drawn to your pastor. Ask God to give him discernment as to whom he is to invest in, to listen to and spend time with. Those we hang out with impact our lives.

Humility… God hates pride but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). In fact, God exalts the humble (James 4:10). Humility is the secret ingredient for success in the Christian life, and in ministry! Pray for your pastor to be willing to humble himself, and to walk in humility just like Jesus did (Philippians 2:5-11). Ask God to expose any and every trace of pride and the grace to repent and deal with it in his life!

Faith… Ask God to heal all disappointment, and stir up your pastor’s faith once again. Since it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6), ask God to restore and give your pastor a double portion of faith. Cry out for a faith to believe in the God of miracles, of healing, of deliverance, of salvation, of revival, of the impossible (Luke 1:37)!

The word of God… Sadly today, many are not holding the word of God as our highest and purist authority. God’s word is being compromised for the sake of relevancy, and to not offend people. But truth always has to offend the flesh and the things that hold us in bondage before it can set us free. Pray that you pastor would tremble at His word (Isaiah 66:2) and preach it boldly, without compromise or softening it to be more palatable. Pray that as he drinks from the word throughout the week that he would encounter its power, and conviction, and out of the overflow, be able to preach the pure word of God.

Yes, and amen… and this is just a starting point! Bless you as you wrestle for your pastor!!!