Prayer Request

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

prayBeing a pastor can be overwhelming. There are times when you feel completely unqualified for the task before you. Whether its preaching on a Sunday morning, counselling a couple through marriage conflict or simply trying to bring comfort to a grieving family, being a pastor can be quite overwhelming at times.

This is why prayer is so critical. This is why pastors desperately need to be spending time in prayer as well as having their people praying for them. Because the reality is that genuine healing and change, real gospel-centred growth in the church and its people can only come in and through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And so let me humbly ask you, as we begin another year, to please pray for your pastors!

Here is a very helpful list of prayer requests from Pastor Todd Benkert

Pray that we stay vitally connected to the Lord in our personal devotion. Like everyone else, the tendency is for people is to drift. Pray that we would maintain a constant fellowship with the Lord, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.

Pray for our growth. Pray that we will continue to grow spiritually, to grow in wisdom and maturity, to grow in knowledge of the things of God, and most of all to grow in Christ-likeness. Pray that we will never be satisfied with our current state, but will continue to “press on toward the goal.”

Pray that we live and minister in total dependence on the Lord. It would be very easy to attempt to do the work to which God has called us in our own strength. Pray that we would rely on God to work through us as we are obedient to his call. Pray that we would minister in the strength God provides and not attempt to do things on our own.

Pray for godly wisdom as we lead. Pastors need the Lord’s wisdom as they lead in setting the direction of the church, prepare messages and teachings from God’s word, deal with conflict, minister to people in need, lead the church in evangelistic outreach, and serve as administrators of the church. Pastors need the wisdom that only God can provide. Pray that God would give us that wisdom.

Pray that we would be shielded from spiritual attack. Pastors are on the front lines of spiritual warfare. The devil has his eye on pastors to lead them into sin and disobedience to God, keep them discouraged and defeated, and keep them occupied with distractions. Pastors are often under spiritual attack. Pray that the Lord would protect us from the evil one.

Pray for their marriage and families. Ministry can be stressful not only to pastors, but also to their wives and families. Pray that your pastor will make his wife and children a priority as his first ministry. Pray that God will strengthen your pastor’s marriage relationship and protect his family.

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison — that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” – Colossians 4:2-4 (ESV)

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Comments
  1. Nancy Kuehn says:

    Thank you for this excellent list of prayer requests, which will help us to pray more specifically for you and Anna.

    In Christ’s love, Nancy ( and Harold)

  2. bonnecherebaptistcamp says:

    So thankful for you and your family! Praying!

  3. Jeff and Bridget says:

    We are so thankful for you and your family. Praying!

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