Praying for Your Pastor

Posted on July 29, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters

If you haven’t dialed in a couple of weeks, we are in the midst of our summer conference season at America’s Keswick and we are calling people to pray as they attend our morning prayer session, take the pray walk and utilizing our new war room.

We’ve looked at praying for our wives, and last week praying for our kids. Today my challenge is for you to pray for your pastor. He is on the front line of the battle and there is no better way to encourage him than for you to commit to pray for him.

The Kendrick brothers in their powerful book, The Battle Plan for Prayer, offers this list of ways to pray for your pastor:

  1. That he would love the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength. (Matt. 22:36–40)
  2. Experience the filling and anointing of the Holy Spirit. (John 15:4-10; 1 John 2:20, 27)
  3. Honor Christ in his heart, words, and actions. (Ps. 19:14; 1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 5:4)
  4. Be a loving, faithful, Christlike husband to his wife. (Eph. 5:25; Col. 3:19; 1 Pet. 3:7)
  5. Lead family and the church with wisdom, courage, and sensitivity that only the Holy Spirit can provide. (Mal. 4:6; Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21; 1 Tim. 5:8)
  6. Abide in Christ and be devoted to prayer, relying on God. (Acts 1:14; Rom. 12:12; Col. 4:2)
  7. Rightly divide the Word of truth and communicate the gospel with clarity. (1 Cor. 4:2; Eph. 6:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 2:15; 4:2)
  8. Have a heart for the lost and be an effective and fruitful soul winner. (Mark 16:15; Luke 10:2; 1 Pet. 3:15)
  9. Keep his priorities in line with the will of God. (Prov. 2:5–6; Phil. 2:14–15; Col. 1:10–12)
  10. Walk in purity and be protected from the deceptive schemes of Satan. (Eph. 4:27; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Tim. 3:7; James 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:8)
  11. Create an atmosphere of unity and shared vision for the will of God within your church. (John 17:21; 1 Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:3)
  12. Continue to discover new depths of understanding as a student of the Word. (2 Tim. 2:15)
  13. Experience good health, rest, refreshment from the Lord. (Ex. 33:14; Ps. 116:7; Matt. 11:28; 3 John 2)
  14. Emulate the grace, strength and compassion of the Good Shepherd toward all those he leads. (Lam 3:32; Mark 6:34)
  15. Exhibit love, comfort, and encouragement as he performs weddings, funerals, and counseling. (2 Cor. 1:3-4; 1 Thess. 5:14)

Can I put a disclaimer on this list? You might be upset, frustrated or may just plain don’t like your pastor! Praying for your pastor comes with a warning: God may not just change him – my guess is He wants and will change you too!!!

Relentlessly pursuing Christ,

Bill Welte, President/CEO
America’s Keswick

Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

Think About This: The only way to properly approach a holy, sovereign, omnipotent God is in total humility and in total confession of sin. – Living the Battle Plan

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 49-50, Acts 20:1-16| You can download our 2018 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.” – Isaiah 26:12

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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