The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. – 1 Timothy 5:17
We have all been given gifts by the Spirit to be used in building up the body of Christ. We are all deserving of respect and honor. But, the Word says that our pastors and leaders among us are worthy of a little extra measure because they have been given the duty of overseeing the equipping of the body for the work of ministry.
He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service.. – Ephesians 4:11-12
October has been set aside as Pastor Appreciation Month. It’s a month that we are all encouraged to find some simple and intentional ways to honor and bless our pastors.
There is no greater gift we can give these spiritual leaders among us than to pray for them. And using God’s Word is our greatest tool to pray with power and effectiveness. When we are praying God’s Word we are praying God’s will.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have not been praying for the leaders in my life as often as I should – but I want to change that.
Like many other things in life, developing new prayer habits must sometimes be done intentionally. My plan is to use this month to establish my family and I in the practice of praying for the leaders in our life.
Here are a few scriptures that we are beginning to use to help us pray on a daily basis.
Note: The following is meant to help me establish a routine with my kids. I absolutely believe it’s important that we spend time alone in extended, Spirit led prayer for the leadership within the body.
Monday – Pray for fruit in his daily life
Lord, pray that the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will produce in his daily life.
Tuesday – Pray for his family management
Lord, help him to manage his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity – 1 Tim 3:5
Wednesday – Pray for a spirit of wisdom and revelation
I pray that you give him a Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that he may know You better. – Ephesians 1:17
Thursday – Pray his love would abound for the people appointed to his care
I pray, that his love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that he may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ – Philippians 1:9
Friday – Pray for his soul’s refreshment and strength
Lead him to green pastures and quiet waters – restore his soul; guide him in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake – Psalm 23:3
Saturday – Pray for deliverance from temptation
Lead him not into temptation, but deliver him from evil – Matthew 6:13
Sunday – Pray for power and boldness to preach the Word
Help him to proclaim Your kingdom and teach about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. – Acts 28:31