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Nicholas writes:

Contrary to what some might suppose, ministers of the gospel desperately need the prayers of the saints. One of my seminary professors used to tell the student body, “Pastors have a bull’s eye on their back and footprints up their chest.” This is quite an appropriate description of the hardships that God’s servants are called to endure for the sake of the gospel. The flaming arrows of the evil one are persistently being shot at pastors. In addition, the world is eager to run them over at any opportunity. This is, sadly, also a reality with regard to some in the church.

With so much opposition and difficulty within and without, pastors constantly need the people of God to be praying for them. The shepherd needs the prayers of the sheep as much as they need his prayers. He also is one of Christ’s sheep, and is susceptible to the same weaknesses. While there are many things one could pray for pastors, here are five straightforward Scriptural categories. . .  .

I found this article interesting because I had just preached this past week on the responsibilities of shepherding God’s flock and at the end of the message I urged our congregation to pray for their pastors.  Here are his five categories but click here to read what he says about each.

1. Pray for their spiritual protection from the world, the flesh and the Devil.

2. Pray for their deliverance from the physical attacks of the world and the Devil.

3. Pray for doors to be opened to them for the spread of the gospel.

4. Pray that they might have boldness and power to preach the gospel.

5. Pray that they might have a spirit of wisdom and understanding.


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This past Sunday I preached on 1 Peter 5:1-4 and how God expects pastors to shepherd the flock of God among them.  I spoke of three exhortations Peter gave to those who shepherd the flock of God.  The following quote that was shared recently by Jeremy Walker from an old Puritan goes well with the words of Peter to pastors.

The following quote is from Benjamin Wadsworth’s introduction to The Gospel Ministry by Thomas Foxcroft:

“The right performance of this work [of gospel ministry] is attended with many and great difficulties, partly from the various, frequent, furious assaults of Satan; partly from the lusts of men, variously discouraging or opposing it; and partly from the weaknesses and remaining corruptions of even the best of those who engage in it. Yet it is a work that is very honorable in itself, and of vast weight and importance. It must be thought so if we rightly consider that it is the infinitely great, glorious, holy and heart-searching God who (in His providence) calls and commissions men to this work; that the main scope of the work is to batter down Satan’s kingdom, to pull down the strongholds of lust in the hearts of men, to promote the glory of divine grace through Christ in saving men’s precious, immortal souls, one of which is more worth than a world; and that those who engage in this work must give a strict account of their management to that God who employs them, who can’t be deceived and won’t be mocked, and who will require at their hands the blood of those souls who perish through their neglect, as well as graciously and abundantly reward them if they are faithful.”

What fearful and wonderful labour this is! Does the weight of your work press upon you, in the best and right sense? May God spare us from making shipwreck of our own faith, and being mere sirens to call other men on to the rocks of eternal destruction, and may we prove faithful and fruitful in the discharge of all our duties.

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“When your pastors step up to the pulpit this weekend, pray for him to have power.”–Stephen Altrogge

Read how to do this at  “How To Pray for Your Pastor As He Steps into the Pulpit.”

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Joe Thorn shares four specific ways to pray for your pastor as he preaches this Sunday:

Pray fervently…


Before he preaches the word to others your pastor needs to experience the word himself. Pray that he would search the Scripture to know God and his truth personally, and then bring that to the people. Ask God to impress on him the practical implications of the doctrines revealed in the text, to convict him of his own sin, and work grace in his heart. Ask God to make his message the offspring of Bible and belief, bearing the distinguishing marks of truth and passion.


The goal of his preaching should be to make much of Jesus, bringing him before the people with clarity and conviction. So, pray that whether he is in the Old or New Testaments, hitting a passage heavy on law or gospel, that he would be led to point his hearers to the gospel hope of pardon and peace in Jesus Christ.


As gifted as your pastor may be, he remains a weak and sinful man in himself. The only hope he has for his preaching to carry power is the Holy Spirit’s ministry of conviction, conversion, and counsel. Pray for The Holy Spirit to do what only he can do–empower the preaching of a mere man who holds out the words of life with trembling hands.


Preachers often struggle with feelings of failure after they step away from the pulpit. Mondays can be times of doubt and frustration for many ministers. Pray that your pastor would be so satisfied with what he has in Christ that even if he lost his way while preaching he would remain confident that Christ has neither lost him nor his word. Ask God to give your pastor such confidence in the Spirit’s power and the Scripture’s sufficiency that should his last sermon fail to live up to his standards, his hope remains steadfast for God can use any man’s preaching, no matter how deficient, as long as he gives the people the word. Pray that your pastor would have the mindset that “success” is simply faithfulness to God, and fruitfulness determined by God.

There are a number of pastors I pray for regularly, and these are some of they ways I lift them up. I hope you will join me as you pray for the leaders God has given you.

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