How to Pray for Your Pastor

By Pastor Brian Holland

I have to admit that this article would have been totally different eleven months ago. Eleven months ago I was a husband, a father, and an associate minister at First Church. I prayed for my Pastor in a way that I thought a follower should pray for his or her leader. I prayed for his health. I prayed for the anointing to cover him. I prayed that he would get a word from The Lord. I prayed for his family because they sacrifice so much for him to be our pastor. That’s how I prayed for my pastor eleven months ago.

Then I became a pastor, and I began to experience the things that pastors experience. I go through the things that pastors go through. I struggle with the things that pastors struggle with. I sacrifice the things that pastors sacrifice. I see the things that pastors see. I get frustrated with the things that pastors get frustrated with. In other words, my perspective has changed dramatically. So if you ask me today how to pray for your pastor I have a somewhat different response.

When you go through loss, your pastor goes through loss. When you go through sickness, your pastor goes through sickness. When you go through the storms of life, your pastor goes through the storms of life.

Paul states in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, I urge you then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that way we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. We pray for our pastors because they are in authority over us, and if we do this we will live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and holiness. This is WHY we pray for our pastors, but HOW do we pray for our pastor? Here are three things that we pray.

First, we pray for our pastor’s family. Now this is the one thing that has not changed in my prayers for my pastor since I became a pastor. Actually I tend to emphasize it more because I understand the proper order of things: God, family, and then the church. Nothing comes before God, and then nothing comes before your family except for God. So we pray that God will cover the pastor’s family. We pray that God will keep the pastor’s family. We pray that God will protect the pastor’s family. We pray that God will make time for the pastor to spend with his or her family. We do this because the pastor’s family represents their safe place, their security, and their sanity. The pastor’s family keeps them in touch with reality. We must pray for our pastor’s family.

Secondly, we pray for our pastor not to fall. I didn’t say fail, because we all fail. As a matter of fact, failure is one of life’s greatest teachers. Jesus told the disciples to stay awake so that they would not fall into temptation. We do not want our pastor to fall. We do not want our pastor to fall physically. That is why we pray for their health. We do not want our pastor to fall emotionally. That is why we pray for their mind. We do not want our pastor to fall spiritually. That is why we pray for his or her spirit. We must pray for our pastor not to fall.

Thirdly, we pray for our pastor’s faith. Considering all that pastors experience we need to be sure that we pray for their faith. They see so much. They hear so much. They go through so much. When you go through loss, your pastor goes through loss. When you go through sickness, your pastor goes through sickness. When you go through the storms of life, your pastor goes through the storms of life. Not to mention what they are going through in their own personal lives. It could be so easy for a pastor to lose faith. It happens all the time and pastors just walk away. But I am so glad that when our faith is weak, God is still faithful. We need to pray to our faithful God for the faith of our pastor.

A great deal has changed in the past eleven months, but the one thing that has not changed is the need to lift our pastor in prayer. I hope that you will join me! We pray for our pastor’s family. We pray for our pastor not to fall. We pray for our pastor’s faith.