7 Prayers For Those In Ministry: Pray for Spiritual Leaders
Many of us know about the stresses pastors deal with as part of their call to serve God and the church. But what do we do about it? How do we actually help our pastors in their mission?
We can offer hands and hearts until we are all worn out from toiling. People can donate money for righteous causes. We can acquire and experience all sorts of marvelous things together as a church; but without the spiritual power of prayer, those fruitful things can be lost to divided and misguided congregations.
Here we have gathered a compilation of prayers for those in ministry and church members to pray for love, humility, wisdom, and divine guidance!
Never underestimate the power of heartfelt prayer and love for God. May the Lord be with you, your ministry, and your church family.
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A Prayer for Those in Ministry by Ken Untener
It helps, now and then, to step back, and take the long view.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying
That the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We will plant the seeds that one day will grow,
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but everything is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are the workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future of our own.
May that future be filled with grace, peace, and hope. Amen.
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Prayer for Humility in Ministry
Jesus Christ, we pray for humility in leading the ministry you’ve called us to. Let us live by your humble example, serving others as the Son of God. Let our hearts be free from arrogance and pride. Let us be faithful servants to your people and concentrate on the spiritual growth of our congregation. Give us true words when preaching to them. May we serve You in everything we do and say. Amen.
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2)
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Prayer for Faithful Leadership
Lord, help me to not be distracted, discouraged, or doubtful and thus neglect the spiritual gift You have given. Give me the tenacity to take great pains to maintain the path You have cleared for me and to be absorbed in the work You have laid before me. Amen.
"Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress." (1 Timothy 4:14-15)
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Prayer for Your Pastor
Lord, please help [Pastor's Name] to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in Your work. Help them to know that their toil is not in vain.
"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:5-58)
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Prayer for Encouraging those in Ministry
Lord, I pray that You would send a spirit of encouragement to [Pastor's Name] so that they might walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which they have been called; lead them to walk with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for those around them in love, and that they would be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Amen.
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3)
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Prayer for Wisdom in Ministry
Lord, teach us how to avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the Law; for they are unprofitable and worthless. Teach us how to reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned. Amen.
"The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned." (Titus 3:8-11)
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Prayer for Faithful Fellowship
Father, I pray that the fellowship of our faith would become effective through the knowledge of every good thing You’ve bestowed on us through our position in Christ. Bring much joy and comfort in the love we share and cause our fellowship to be a source of sweet refreshment to our entire church family. Amen.
"I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you." (Philemon 1:4-7)
Some of these prayers were used from Crosswalk.com
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