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Praying For Your Pastor
The Perfect Pastor
After hundreds of years the perfect pastor’s been found. He is the church elder who’ll please everyone. He preaches exactly twenty minutes and then sits down.
He condemns sin, but never steps on anybody’s toes.
He works from eight in the morning to ten at night, doing everything from preaching sermons to sweeping.
He makes $400 per week, gives $100 to the church, drives a late-model car, buys lots of books, wears fine clothes, and has a nice family.
He always stands ready to contribute to every other good cause, too, and to help panhandlers who drop by the church on their way to somewhere.
He is thirty-six years old, and has been preaching forty years.
He is tall, on the short side; heavy set, in a thin sort of way; and handsome. He has eyes of blue or brown (to fit the occasion), and wears his hair parted in the middle – left side dark and straight, right side brown and wavy.
He has a burning desire to work with the youth, and spends all his time with the senior citizens.
He smiles all the time while keeping a straight face, because he has a keen sense of humor that finds him seriously dedicated.
He makes fifteen calls a day on church members, spends all his time evangelizing nonmembers, and is always found in his study if he is needed. Unfortunately he burnt himself out and died and the age of thirty-two.
[Anonymous, John Maxwell, Partners in Prayer, Thomas Nelson, publisher, 1996. pg. 81.]
Pastors At Risk
1991 Survey of Pastors Conducted by Fuller Institute
90 percent of pastors work more than forty-six hours a week.
80 percent believe pastoral ministry has affected their families negatively.
33 percent say that being in the ministry is an outright hazard to their family.
75 percent report a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
50 percent feel unable to meet the needs of the job.
90 percent feel they were inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands.
70 percent say they have a lower self-image than when theyu started in the ministry.
40 percent report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
33 percent confess having been involved in some inappropriate sexual behavior with someone in the church.
70 percent do not have someone they consider a close friend.
From H.B. London’s book Pastors at Risk. Referenced
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Praying for your Pastor - Scriptures
>Jesus’s Request for Prayer
Matthew 26: 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy
>Apostle Paul’s Requests for Prayer
Romans 15:30-32 ... strive together with me in prayers to God for me, .. that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe.. that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, .. that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.
Colossians 4:2-4 Continue earnestly in prayer... vigilant in it with thanksgiving;... praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ...that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
>Praying for Pastor Principles
1. Everyone needs prayer. Paul’s prayers focus on “spiritual growth and maturity” God-Centered Prayer is seeking God’s face instead of seeking God’s hand. Ps. 27:8; Ps 105:4; 2 Cor 3:18
2. Biblical Praying: Attitudes and Attributes to emphasize
• Claim Bible promises John 15:7, I Jn 5:14-15
• Exercise faith toward God James 5:15
• Pray without ceasing Col, 1:9, 1 Thess 5:17 • With Humility “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” Matt 6:10, James 4:6-10
• With sympathy Heb 4:15, Rom 12:15
• With persistence Matt. 7:7-8, Luke 18:1
3. Wise Praying: Pray with humility and without judgment: Pray for truth, light, sin broken, peace, needs met, wisdom, understanding, growth, influence, etc.
>Praying for Pastor – Scripture-based Prayer
I thank my God every time I remember you. _____ In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you ____ will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:3-6
For this reason, since the day we heard about you _____ we have not stopped praying for you ____ We continually ask God to fill you _______ with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you ______ may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you _____ may have great endurance and patience, Col 1:9-11
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you _______ that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition ______ your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you _____ and you
in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess 1:11-12
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you ______ with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
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Praying For Spiritual Leaders - Every Leader Needs Prayer Partners
Problems Church Leaders Face - Top 5 Difficulties Pastors Face Today
▪ Lonliness ▪ Stress ▪ Feelings of Inadequacy ▪ Depression ▪ Spiritual Warfare
1. Leaders must request prayer: (Matt 26: 38, Rom 15:30-33, Col 4:2-4, Eph 6:18-20, 1Thess 5:25, II Thess 3:1-2 Partner: Watch with me, strive with me, devote yourself to prayer; Speaking/Boldness: Speak boldly as I ought to speak; Word: Spread, openness to, spread rapidly; Protection: Deliverance from evil men
2. Prayer Partners must be found and equipped.
Men will not do anything that they do not feel equipped or competent to do. The need to be discipled or apprenticed in prayer.
P. R. A. Y. – How to Intercede for Pastors
P = Partner Romans 15:30-32
• Motivated by the Love of the Spirit
• Join in the struggle through prayer
• Based on their requests: Protection, Ministry
• Positive Spiritual Benefits: Joy, Refreshment
Romans 15:30 30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.
R = Recognize 1 Thess 5: 12-13
• Recognize those who labor among you
• Esteem them very highly in love
1 Thess 5: 12-13 12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.
A = All Men 1 Timothy 2:1-2a 1 Timothy 2:1-2a 1Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority
Y = Yield Hebrews 13:17 17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so
with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Definition: Intercessory Prayer is prayer for others: “Issuing of earnest, urgent, and bold appeals for divine action in behalf of others
Praying All Kinds of Prayers
1. Entreaties (NASB) Petitions (NIV) Petitions based on deep sense of spiritual need, Specific needs directed toward God
2. Prayers All types of prayers to God, general requests or specific petitions
3. Intercessions Earnest, urgent, and bold appeals for divine action in behalf of others
4, Thanksgiving Gratitude for blessings or benefits, Praying with a thankful heart
Repentance: Acknowledging where we fall short. Apologizing to God and each other for what we have done
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Interceding for Pastors
1. Prayer Relationship Knowing God Personally (Rom 8:15-17, Jn 17:3, Phil. 3:10, Heb 11:6)
We enjoy privilege of prayer because of our relationship with God as children & joint-heirs with Jesus
2. Prayer Partnership Revelation of God’s Purposes, Plans, and Ways
Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit are involved when we pray (Matt 7:11, Heb 7:25, Rom 8:26-27)
3. Pray in Agreement with God’s Word. God’s will is in His Word Ps 119:89, Luke 4 (“It is written”) I John 5:14-15 Ask, according to His will. Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer John 14:13-14 Ask in His name Luke 18:1 Pray Always, don’t give up John 15:7 Ask, according to His Word Matt 7:7 Ask/given, seek/find, knock/open
4. Intercessory Prayer - Prayer for others: “Issuing of earnest, urgent, and bold appeals for divine action in behalf of others.” Father – Gives good gifts, Jesus and Holy Spirit – Interceding
5. Prayer Partners must be found and equipped. Resources for Training Children to Pray
1. ● Emphasize prayer is a relationship with God
2. ● Teach children to pray God’s Word
3. ● Train their ears to hear God’s voice
4. ● Teach children about disappointment in prayer
5. ● Teach Children God’s attributes
6. ● Share that God responds to simple faith
7. ● Help children receive/give salvation prayer
8. Prayer-Saturated Kids: Equipping and Empowering Children in Prayer by Cheryl Sacks and Arlyn Lawrence, NavPress, 2007 Chapter 6: Prayer Training 101 (p 96-107)
6. Praying for Others: Skills to Master
Follow the lead of the Holy Spirit Minister appropriately
Listen attentively to the person and to God Escalate and report when needed
Be present and attend to the person Leave results to God
a. What to pray for?: Matt. 20:29-34 Ask - What do you want Jesus to do for you?”
b. Providing faith, Confronting Obstacles: Luke 5:17-20, 24-26 Pray for need / remove obstacles
c. Wise Praying: Pray with humility and without judgment: Pray for truth, light, sin broken, peace, needs met, wisdom, understanding, growth, influence, etc.
d. Pray blessings: Blessing of God: “God’s goodness, kindness, and favor on His children causing all that they do whether it be spiritual or temporal to prosper and succeed” Dr. Huegel
A Pastor’ Prayer
[Lord help me to glorify] You on the earth. [Help me finish] the work which You have given Me to do. John 17:4 For we _________ are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we _________ should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Pray for One Another – Scripture-based Prayer
_____ Ask, and it will be given to you; seek
____ and you will find; knock ____ and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened Matt7:7-8
____ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and ____ the peace
of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7