Prayer Topic #2:

A Prayer for Our Pastors and Their Families

 

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 34:1-10, Romans 10:14-15

 

Reflections of the Heart:

Our Pastors carry an incredible weight that many of us will never truly understand.  They need our prayers, our commitment, and our support.  So, don’t forget to pray for our Pastors and their families during your personal prayer time.

 

Scriptural Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the men and women You have appointed as our Pastors. We thank You for thirty-seven years of outstanding leadership and service through Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell. Thank You for Pastor Suzette Caldwell and the entire family.  We thank You, Lord, for Pastor Kim Orr and Pastor Mark Grafenreed and their families. Thank You for Minister Ray Bady, Reverend Lisa Berry-Dockery, Reverend James Andrews, and Dr. Earl and Mrs. Jeanette Allen and their families. Lord, You are our Good Shepherd and High Priest.  You are a great God and a great King above all gods. You hold in Your hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to You, for You made it. Your hands formed the dry land, too. Today, we bow down and worship You. We kneel before You and acknowledge You as our maker. You are our God and we are the people that You watch over and have taken under Your care.

Almighty Father, Your Word says that those who fear You and delight in obeying Your commands will be joyful.  You promised that their children will be successful everywhere. We declare that the descendants of our Pastors are mighty on earth and blessed because they are the generation of Godly people.  We confess that our Pastors are wealthy and their good deeds will last forever. Their peace is great and their composure is undisturbed.  We declare that our Pastors’ families experience the Kingdom of God here on earth; people see their good works and glorify You, our Father in Heaven. Our Pastors obey Your commands, therefore, their families are blessed in the city and in the fields.  They are blessed when they come in and when they go out.  Lord, we expect that You will continue to cause their enemies who rise against them one way to be defeated and flee seven ways.

Holy Spirit, show me how to pray specifically for my Pastors and their families:

Faithful Father, we joyfully lift up the families of our Pastors.  Holy Spirit, we ask You to fill their homes with Your gentleness, peace, joy, and Godly order.  We lift up their marriages and we ask You to bless them psychologically, emotionally and sexually. Bless their children to mature academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  Lord, strengthen and encourage those families who feel overwhelmed by the ministry.  Lord, we ask that You protect our Pastors and their families from the onslaughts of the devil and the disrespect of people.  Please help them to maintain balance in their public and private lives.

Merciful Father, forgive us for not being steadfast in praying for our Pastors and their families.  Forgive those in our Church Family who speak ill against our Pastors and rebel against their teachings. Forgive those who gossip, murmur, complain, and whine. Please forgive our Pastors and their families for any acts of sinfulness including: anger, wrath, envy, jealousy, or dissension. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind our Pastors and their families to forgive each other and other people, and please help them to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help our Pastors and their families not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.

O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may You be praised forever and ever!  Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty.  Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours.  This is Your Kingdom.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text (NKJV & NLT):

John 10:11, Hebrews 3:1 NKJV, Psalm 95:3-7, Psalm 112:1-3, Isaiah 54:13 AMP, Matthew 5:16, Deuteronomy 28:3-7, Galatians 5:19-21, Matthew 6:13, I Chronicles 29:10-11

Today, I will trust God to:

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