Ever wondered what to pray for your pastor?

I certainly have and am encouraged in my prayers by this quote from John Piper.

"It seems to me that we are always falling off the horse on one side or the other in this matter of being tough and tender—wimping out on truth when we ought to be lion-hearted, or wrangling with anger when we ought to be weeping. . . .
Oh how rare are the pastors who speak with a tender heart and have a theological backbone of steel.
I dream of such pastors. I would like to be one someday.
A pastor whose might in the truth is matched by his meekness.
Whose theological acumen is matched by his manifest contrition.
Whose heights of intellect are matched by his depths of humility.
Yes, and the other way around!
A pastor whose relational warmth is matched by his rigor of study, whose bent toward mercy is matched by the vigilance of his biblical discernment, and whose sense of humor is exceeded by the seriousness of his calling.
I dream of great defenders of true doctrine who are mainly known for the delight they have in God and the joy in God that they bring to the people of God—who enter controversy, when necessary, not because they love ideas and arguments, but because they love Christ and the church. . . .
[Acts 15:1-3] is my vision: The great debaters on their way to a life-and-death show down of doctrinal controversy, so thrilled by the mercy and power of God in the gospel, that they are spreading joy everywhere they go.
Oh how many there are today who tell us that controversy only kills joy and ruins the church; and oh how many others there are who, on their way to the controversy, feel no joy and spread no joy in the preciousness of Christ and his salvation." 
Let this shape at least some of your prayers for your minister... 


  1. It's so important to pray for the spiritual aspect of a minister's life but, speaking as a daughter of a man in ministry, I think it's euqally important to also pray for the practical part as well - for example, his health, energy, maybe having elderly parents who need support and his time with his wife and children.

    There might be specific things that each minister needs prayer for or struggle with - are they prone to migraines or always go down with every stomach bug going around? Do they have a sick child or some other issue for which they need prayer support?

  2. Thanks Tabitha, for your comment. You have raised a really important point so thanks for that. I think that often we neglect to pray for the obvious needs of others. And that is something that should be addressed in our priorities.
    Thanks again.

  3. Yes, we certainly want pastors like the one decribed here!

    I certainly agree with you, Tabitha; we should take care to pray for our pastor's health, etc, as well as for thier spiritual growth. Pastoral work, done properly, is some of the most demanding work possible, and the workload is made even bigger if one has a family also. Another good thing might be to not only pray for your pastor himself but- if he is married- for his wife as well. She is obviously going to be sharing some of that burden, and needs our prayers too! We could also pray for thier financial needs.


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