Been convicted about this lately and how best we can help, support, and serve our leadership. Stephen Altrogge has a great post on the best thing you can do for your pastor. He sums it up with one action: prayer.
So how can you pray for your pastor? Here are a few practical ways:
- Pray that they will have spiritual and emotional endurance. Being a pastor is a wonderful job, but it can also be a very draining job. I need endurance to continue working with joy.
- Pray that they will have rich fellowship with the Lord. The pastor’s power comes from the Lord. I need God to meet me and refresh week after week.
- Pray that your pastor will be protected from temptation. If Satan can take down a shepherd, the sheep are much more vulnerable. I need the Lord to protect me from the temptations of pride, greed, lust, impatience, and a host of other sins.
- Pray that your pastor will preach with power. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit, a sermon will be nothing more than an eloquent boatload of crap. I need the Holy Spirit to put power behind my words.
I would also add to that list that we ought to pray for his family. A pastor’s family is always under pressures, spiritual attacks, hardships because they are seeking to shepherd God’s people. The least that we can do (and the most) is to pray for them. You may also be interested in Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ prayer guide: “31 days of prayer for your pastor” which is a very practical way of praying for your pastor.
We are blessed at TRC to have one pastor and his family to pour our prayers into, please commit to praying for him/them and buying him Sbux once in a while ;)