Praying for your church and pastors is such an important ministry, and even praying for the church in general. When I showed our pastor this, she made it into a wall hanging for our church dining room.
I have been thinking for a while about how important it is to pray for our church and our pastors. We have good intentions towards doing it but I find I get a bit stuck on what and how, other than God bless them, keep them safe, tell them how much You love them. All of which is good and well, but I’ve been wondering what are the real prayer needs?
For the past two years I’ve been on staff at The Range Christian Fellowship in Toowoomba as a youth/children’s pastor, and so I’ve sat through a number of prayer and leadership meetings and also sat in countless sessions at the Healing Rooms. I’ve heard a number of needs for prayer in churches, and recently on facebook there was some statistic of how many pastors burn out, get divorced, get depressed etc.
I wanted to provide a resource that we could all use to pray for our pastors and I’ve listed a number of things that we could pray, and I’ve shown a number of pastors all of whom have been excited by this drawing, and now I’m ready to show you.
I want you to own it though. Print it out and write in your Pastor’s names, maybe their children’s names. Write your pastor a letter and ask what they want prayer for and encourage them in how much of a blessing they have been to you. Sometimes we don’t realise how much we have actually helped a person until they tell us because the change can be so gradual that we don’t notice. Don’t tell them what they are doing wrong, bless them. If you’ve got a point of contention with them I suggest you start praying this prayer that God showed me: God if it’s my problem show me, if it’s their problem show them. That prayer has helped me navigate so many tricky situations because we’re giving God a chance to work on both of us and it’s prayed from a place of humility. (If you want to print it out, I’ve got a free printable here)
What are your churches needs? Find out and write them in. I’ve left blanks for this very reason. Where is your church going in the future? Has your church been built on any particular Scriptures? Has it received any prophetic words for the future?
We need honour, unity, strong marriages, hearts of worship, forgiveness to flow, hunger for God’s Word, to love one another and SOULS. If this helps you to pray for your pastor just a little more often, imagine the difference that it can make. They will be so blessed and so will you!
(Although it seems to have a grey background on the blog, it seems to translate to white when you save it and print it.)