By Karen Polich
It’s Pastor Appreciation Month, time for us to give back to those who pour themselves out continually to so many.
Pastors work tirelessly to care for their “flock”. Encouragement and teaching are part of a regular day. Pastors show us what it means to serve, leading by example. Answering God’s calling, they mentor others while proclaiming the Truth. They demonstrate spiritual leadership in the home and let us see what it looks like to love your family with complete abandon.
Pastors find needs, fill empty hearts and constantly give to others. They do this without complaint or hesitation.
How can we give back to them for all that they do? We can pray for them. We can ask God to bless their ministry and their family. Let’s bring God’s amazing grace into the lives or our pastors with heartfelt prayers.
Day 1 – Protection
Pray for a hedge of protection. Pray God will protect him and his family in regards to health, ministry, trials, and temptations.
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. Isaiah 54:17
If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge, then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9-10
Day 2 – Wisdom
Pray he will seek God’s wisdom. Ask God to guide him as he leads his family. Pray for discernment in understanding God’s will for his life. Pray against any doubt that Satan brings when his ministry is difficult. Ask God to give him strong counsel and to bring those who will speak Truth. Pray that God will guard him from those who would seek to distract him from his calling.
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His might power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11
Day 3 – Margins
Pray for his ability to see the value in having margins, allowing him to refresh and refuel his strength. Pray God will guide him in creating time for leisure, rest, family, God and health. Ask God to protect this time as it allows him to be his best in all things.
Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Be at rest once more my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116: 7
Day 4 – Relationship with God
Ask God to strengthen his relationship in Christ. Pray he seeks God first in all things. Pray God will pour into him and pray he will know deep in his heart how much he is loved. Ask God to give him the opportunity to worship and grow closer to his Lord. Pray he will carve out daily time to study God’s Word. Pray for constant renewal.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8
Day 5 – A Servant’s Heart
Pray that God is at the center of his life and he is humble in his ways, modeling Christ and serving others with a joyful heart. Pray that his service honors God.
And that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. Deuteronomy 30:20
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 23:15
Day 6 – Leadership
Pray for leadership grounded in Truth. Ask God to give him opportunities to teach and lead others. Pray his heart will remain humble. Pray for preparation of his heart and mind for the difficult days.. Bless his efforts to grow and mentor new Christian leaders.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Day 7 – Preaching
Pray for him to always speak God’s Truth with conviction. Pray God would guide him and provide His wisdom so that he may preach the gospel wherever he is called. Pray for hearts receptive to the message he brings and for God to use him to reach people. Ask God to begin preparing the hearts of those who may soon hear God’s word through his efforts.
We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. Colossians 1:28
Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Join us in covering pastors with prayer over the next seven days.