How to pray for our Pastors

Ryan Martin has a helpful and appropriate posting on How to Pray for Your Pastor.

John Gill in the Body of Practical Divinity, lists various duties that church members have toward their pastor. The third is that they must pray for him. Gill then elaborates on the things for which the members should intercede on behalf of their elder.

I trust that we might pray faithfully for our Pastoral staff (and their families!)

  1. Mr. (Gary) and Mrs. (Susan) Blessman
  2. Pastor (Roger) and Mrs. (Carole) Kilian
  3. Pastor (Dave) and Mrs. (Glorianne) Levy
  4. Pastor (Jim) and Mrs. (Terry) McLeish
  5. Pastor (Matt) and Mrs. (Kim) Morrell
  6. Pastor (Jason) an Mrs. (Beth) Stamper
  7. Mr. (Jon) and Mrs. (Cheryl) Tuttle
  8. Dr. (Kevin) and Mrs. (Debbie) Bauder

Kathee and I have not perfected praying, but we do have a routine where we mention each one daily by name.

How should we pray?

  1. Read the Ryan Martin posting that quotes John Gill. I found this helpful.
  2. Try to think of the various Pastor’s (or staff member’s) area of responsibility. Eg. Gary Blessman with the business, financial, and budgeting affairs of the ministry; or Jon Tuttle with the school; or Jason Stamper with the youth and camp ministries.
  3. Listen for news about them around the church: One’s Mother is hospitalized, another’s Brother has had surgery, another’s Father-in-law is ill. Our Senior Pastor needs to sell his home. You get the idea.
  4. The Scriptures enjoin us to pray for them:
    • “Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably” (Hebrews 13:18).
    • “you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.” (2 Corinthians 1:11)
    • “Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me” (Romans 15:30)
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