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Friday, February 23, 2018

How to pray for your pastor

Posted by Gary on May 28, 2007

For some time I have intended to write a series of posts on how to pray for your pastor. I fear I do not understand as I should the need I have for my people to pray for me but it seems that with each further year in ministry I see more clearly my need for my people to pray for me. You may remember the account from Israel’s history of their battle with Amalek, it is only as Moses’ hands are held up that Israel advances and finally prevails:

Exodus 17:8-13 “Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”

In the same way, I believe that as a pastor’s congregation prays for him, he in God’s strength prevails and that if their hands droop as it were and they fail to hold him up, he is weakened and is beaten back by the enemy. A congregation cannot do the praying that the pastor must do himself but they can and must pray for him. I would argue that in a certain sense the pastor’s ability to pray as he should is contingent on the prayer being offered for him.

Having been a pastor for a number of years has caused me to forget how people view pastors. I am left with the impression often that people think pastors are etched out of marble and above the difficulties, especially the spiritual difficulties that the average church member faces; nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, God has placed a call upon His pastors and they for their duties are granted certain gifts and strengths but these must be maintained and strengthened or they will be lost. Do you think that your pastor always wants to read the Bible and pray? Do you think the temptations that batter and entice you do not do the same to him? Do you think he doesn’t have struggles in his home or get discouraged in his work? If you do not know these things your head is in the sand. Your pastor faces everything you face and this is why you often feel that he is speaking directly to you about your situation because more than you know your situation is his situation.

If you have a Godly, faithful pastor thank God for him. If you understand his duties and love him you will pray for him, he needs it.


7 Responses to “How to pray for your pastor”
  1. Bill says:

    I may not be in your church…but, I do pray for you and your ministry every day.

    Love, Your Brother,


  2. Dear Bill,

    Thank you brother. I am very grateful for your prayers. You could be in my church if you moved to Delaware.


    Your brother Gary

  3. geri rihacek says:

    gary I pray everyday for you and your brother, and your families….

    your mother

  4. Mom,

    I am grateful to know that you remember us in prayer. There is nothing more important you could do for us. I trust you know that we pray for you also.



  5. Bill says:

    I’m not sure I could ever live in a state that claims Joe Biden.

  6. Mary Hendricks says:

    Gary, I pray every night for all of us, for peace in the world, and that all find their way back to our Lord. I love you and miss you.

    Love, Mary

  7. Cathleen says:

    I think that sometimes we forget that our Pastor is as vunerable in everyday life as we are. We become so dependent on guidance and understanding from our Pastor we forget that he has the same demons.Our Pastor needs the same understanding, guidance and prayers as we all do in our path that will lead us to God. I pray for all of us that we will draw closer to God.

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