You will often hear me talk about praying for the people God has in leadership positions – and in this case, pastors everywhere. The following are some personal guidelines that I keep in mind when praying for the leadership at my church. Where there are any names, you can substitute your own. This is by no means a complete list. For me, sometimes it helps to have a focus to my prayers.
First, let’s pray for God’s heart for Pastors Lance, Scott and Chris – and their families. Remember to not speak critical of them, but serve them with love through the ministry of prayer. Pray for them continuously throughout the day.
Here are a few areas to keep in mind when praying:
1. FAMILY – Proverbs 3:33
Pray for their marriage and families to be blessed.
2. STRENGTH – Isaiah 40:30-31
For the joy of the Lord, Rest, Strength – Physical, Spiritual, Emotional and Mental
3. PROTECTION – Psalm 91:1-16
Pray for a Shield of Protection from spiritual attacks, from criticism, and pray for their physical health.
4. PRAYER LIFE – Acts 6:4
Pray for a strong prayer life, and personal relationship and intercession for others.
5. DIRECTION – John 10:27
Pray they will be guided by God, and hear and obey His voice.
6. VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION – Matthew 6:13
Pray that they would not be led into temptation, and that they would resist the enemy.
7. ANOINTING – Luke 4:18
Pray for their teaching, preaching, and leading Skyline in worship – pray also for the presence of God.
8. PEACE – Philippians 4:7
Pray for the peace of God to rule their hearts.
9. FAVOR – Luke 2:52
Pray for favor with both God and man – with many open doors to share Jesus.
10. CHURCH – Ephesians 4:13-15
Pray for a continuously supportive and loving church family, that they mature and grow in Christ, and they continue to have a passionate vision to reach the lost.
11. PROVISION – Matthew 6:11
Pray for continued provision for the church vision, along with provision for their home and family.