In this article, we will look at different prayers for pastors that can be prayed. These prayers are to help strengthen, edify, and bless your pastor, church leader, and other ministers.
Being a pastor or a minister is a hard job. It may seem easy, but pastors go through a lot. From running the church and the leadership team, teaching, shepherding the flock, and, continue to stoke his own fire for God. I was a youth leader for several years, worked in a ministry school, and even was a young adult pastor. And I can tell you from experience we need prayer covering.
Pastors and leaders face all kinds of hardships, attacks, and trails. Sometimes it’s super obvious while many times it’s not. Things are going on in their home life, finances, or health. You really don’t know what all is going on unless your on the inside.
Therefore, it’s important that we cover our pastors and leaders in prayer. And today I want to go over several prayers you can pray for your pastor. But before we dive in, I want to cover some important topics.
Prayers for Pastors: Important Tips
- Get Specific and Personal – When we pray, God wants it to come from our heart. Not from some computer or phone screen. A simple a way to help with that is to be specific and personal with your prayers. Use names, situations, needs, and more.
Here is an example of a nonspecific/personal prayer: Lord, bless my pastor. Help them draw closer to You and give him the grace he needs to complete the tasks You have for him.
Here is an example of that same prayer but made specific and personal: Lord, I asked that you would bless pastor Bryan today. Help him draw close to You and give him the grace he needs to for this new project to help inner-city kids.
- Use Scriptural Prayers for Pastors and Leaders- Hebrews 4:12 says… For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
God’s Word is powerful and it should be used even in during a prayer time. I have come up with a list of Bible verses you can use for your pastor, but under each prayer is a verse as well.
- Pray for God’s Will – It’s easy when we are praying for ministers and ministries to pray our ideas and what we think they should be doing. I encourage you to lay that aside and to pray for God’s will to be done for your pastor and ministry. Focus on what the Holy Spirit is leading you to pray.
- Prayer Points – I have provided prayer points and scripture before each prayer. This is for those who want to use the prayers as inspiration and guide to your prayer time. For more on prayer points check out these popular posts:
– Prayer Points for the Church
– Prayer Points for Spiritual Growth
– Prayer Points for Thanksgiving
Ok, now let’s get started on some of these prayers for your pastor or church leaders.
A Prayer for Pastors and Church Leaders
Prayer Point – Pray for pastors and leaders to be encouraged.
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
Lord, I thank You for the gift of ministry. I pray for pastors and church leaders all over the globe. I humbly come before Your presence and commit their lives in Your hands. For ministry is brutal and they serve right in the middle of many stressful situations. They are constantly handling the issues of other people. Father, because of this, it is very common to find discouragement around church pastors and leaders.
I pray for encouragement for every pastor through Your Spirit. I ask that I and other believers might be a source of encouragement for these saints. I pray for sufficient grace for them to do ministry. Thank You because they will not be put to shame. Glory to Your Name for You have always guided their lives, covered their lives and protected them from the evil one. May You continue to grant them cover and Your blessing in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
>> Check out more prayers for church leaders here: 12 Powerful Prayers for Church Leaders
A Prayer for My Pastor to Have Strength
Prayer Point – Pray for pastors to have strength. They need strength physically, mentally, spiritually and more.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
Heavenly Father, I lift up my pastor to you. Give him/her the strength they need to run the race you have set before them. Help them to lean on You when they are weary and trust You in the midst of trials and hardships.
Lord, may You cover them with Your powerful right hand and grace them to stand and fight every strategy of the enemy. I pray for an increase in their physical strength. For he/she is just like everyone else; flesh and blood. I pray You sustain their will to fight. Please protect them from sicknesses of their body and issues of the mind in the Name of Jesus, Amen.
A Prayer for Pastors Passion for God
Prayer Point – Pray for your pastor to have passion and hunger for God. Zeal is extremely important for their spiritual walk and ability to lead others to Jesus.
A deer longs for streams of water. God, I long for you in the same way. I am thirsty for God. I am thirsty for the living God.When can I go and meet with him? – Psalm 42:1-2
Father, it is a fearful thing to think about the condition of a minister whose heart is not zealous for You. You have reminded us in Your Word many times that having a personal relationship with You is of greater importance. Lord, I pray for our pastor’s heart to be stirred afresh for You! Let them spend more time with You in prayer and in Your Word.
I pray You will cultivate a strong passion in them for Your ways! I pray that their testimony would lead many to turn to You. Father, help our pastor to know You and to know the power of Your resurrection. Give the pastor a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know You better. May You create in them an insatiable passion to pursue You more intimately even as they lead Your church. In Jesus Name, Amen.
A Prayer for Pastor and Their Family
Prayer Point – As we pray for our pastors we should also, be cover their family in prayer. Many times the enemy will try to attack the pastor, byt attacking his children, or marriage.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13
Gracious Lord, I thank You for the pastor and their family. He has been faithful in shepherding, correcting, encouraging, and reminding us we belong to You. I pray for their family that they will grow to obey Your commands. May they shine like a lamp placed on a hill. Let the pastor consistently teach his family and children the ways of the kingdom.
I pray for the union between my pastor and their spouse. In full-time ministry, there are many opportunities for the enemy to damage or disrupt Christian families. I come against every seed of division from taking root in that family. May You cover their children from the traps of the enemy.
I pray their kids will not be a statistic, but an powerful example to very many others of their age. That their hunger and passion for You would shine. Lord, remember their spiritual children, too. Increase them every time the pastor shares the gospel. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
A Prayer for Pastor to Have Wisdom
Prayer Point – Daily pastors face all kinds of situations and conflicts that they need wisdom for. This can be minor things like how set up ministry event to people in the congregation having a verbal conflict. Pray that God would give them divine wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5
Thank You, Lord, because You are the source of all wisdom. As the pastor opens his mouth to preach, May You fill his mouth with Your Words of grace and wisdom. As they go with their day give them the wisdom they need to make decisions that would glorify You.
Loving Father, as they deal with conflict and difficulties in the church, I pray You restore their minds and pour new insight into them. Give them the wisdom that You gave King Solomon. Let no issue be too hard for them to settle. Establish them in Your holiness and cover them with Your grace. May the pastor rise from strength to strength and from wisdom to wisdom in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
A Prayer of Protection For My Pastor
Prayer Point – Much like strength, we also need to pray for God to protect our pastors and church leaders. They need protection in the natural and supernatural.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance. – Psalm 32:7
Your Word describes ministers of God as people who You have called to serve You. May they be protected through the power of Your spirit. I pray that my pastor’s family time will be protected. Lord, give them wisdom to be aware of every kind of improper friendship around them. Cover the pastor from all evil plans and save him from every trap of the devil.
I pray for my pastor’s heart that it will be guided by Your Word at all times. Grant him the grace of discernment in his use of the internet, social media, email and his free time. Lord, keep him dressed in the armor of God to fight all the schemes of the enemy. Separate them from sorrow and pain in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer For Your Pastor To Be Blessed
Prayer Point: We always want to pray blessing over our pastors, and spiritual leaders. We want the Lord to bless them spiritually, emotionally, physically, relationally, financially, and so much more!
“‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’ – Numbers 6:24-26
Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for my pastor and other leaders in the church. They have poured so much into the lives of those around us, that I ask that You would pour into them, Lord. Pour out blessing upon blessing upon them. Let their cup runneth over full of Your goodness, grace, and favor. Bless them in every aspect of their life and help them to always give You the praise and glory for it. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen!
I hope you have enjoyed these prayers for pastors and church leaders. May they encourage you to pray for those in ministry! If you would like to encourage your pastor with a gift, check out these cool coffee mugs for pastors!
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Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
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