Praying for our church leaders

Too often, we are critical of our pastors/worship leaders. Too often, we expect superhero abilities from them. What if we all took time to pray earnestly for our leaders? I believe God will not only answer our prayers to enable our leaders to serve better, but He will also change our hearts in the process. My friend, David Manner, on his blog,, shared this great list of ways to pray for our leaders. Why not use this list to guide your prayers in the weeks to come and see what God will do? Also, check out David’s book, Better Sundays Begin on Monday.


20 Prayers for Our Pastors

By Dr. David W. Manner

  1. Pray that they’ll never sacrifice their families to do ministry since family is also their ministry.
  2. Pray that as congregants we will talk to them instead of about them.
  3. Pray for endurance when they feel like their shelf-life is moving toward its expiration date.
  4. Pray that Scripture and Prayer instead of politics or pop culture is the foundation for their sermons and songs.
  5. Pray for healthier ministry staff relationships.
  6. Pray their days off will provide sabbath rest free from church stressors.
  7. Pray for their spiritual, physical, and emotional health.
  8. Pray they’ll be able to sift through the responsibilities that compete for their attention and focus on the ones God wants them to do.
  9. Pray for them to wake up every morning feeling unqualified in their own power to do what God has called them to do.
  10. Pray Ephesians 4:29 over them, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
  11. Pray for them to daily recommit to their calling here instead of dreaming about what it might be like to serve there.
  12. Pray they never confuse leading programs with leading people.
  13. Pray for them to have enough humility to engage us as participants instead of audiences.
  14. Pray for them when it seems like they are getting beaten-up from all sides at the same time.
  15. Pray that other trusted leaders will walk with them, hold them accountable, and stand in the gap for them.
  16. Pray for their almost insurmountable task of trying to keep our church current technologically and culturally.
  17. Pray that we can be a great cloud of witnesses to surround them so they can fix their eyes on Jesus and run with endurance.
  18. Pray they will have the courage to ignore the loudest voice in the room when it’s not God’s.
  19. Pray the Lord will give them rest when they are weary, strength when they are weak, and restoration when their reserves are depleted.
  20. Pray that before criticizing their ministry decisions, we will pray through those decisions as much as they have.

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