Prayer for Pastors
This is Andy Addis speaking here. I want to share with you a letter sent to pastors from a friend and mentor who is the Associational Mission Strategist of the Heart Of Kansas Southern Baptist Association. Glenn Davis is a treasure to me, and I hope this letter is a treasure to you.
On this occasion of Pastor Appreciation Month, I come to You to pray for the men who lead churches across this association.
Heavenly Father, I come to You because You are good, and You are gracious. Your love is a steadfast love, never faltering and never fading.
I come to You because You are all powerful. You are Creator and Sustainer. You are King above all Kings, You are Lord of all and able to act in behalf of your shepherds. There is no place in all of creation where Your voice is not heard and Your purpose not accomplished.
Father, I pray today for these pastors.
They are men whom You have called out for a unique role. They have been chosen by the Almighty God to serve as undershepherds of Your flock. You have chosen them to lead, to love, and to feed Your church. You have assigned to each of them their duty station where they faithfully defend the bride of their King.
Father, the enemy they fight is real.
He is cunning and relentless and ruthless.
He appears as an angel of light to deceive.
He is relentless. When his attack at the door is thwarted, he moves to rattle the window bars. When assault from the outside is resisted, he works through those inside the church.
And he is ruthless, attacking wives and children and families.
But our enemy is no match for our King. Our enemy will one day be cast into the pit.
Father, I pray for pastors to be clothed with Your armor and to stand against our enemy.
- Protect them by faith.
- Encourage them with the truth of Your Word.
- Fil them with joy in Your presence.
- Cause their hearts to abound with Your love.
Father, I thank You for these men, my fellow servants, my brothers in arms, my friends.
On this day, and every day,
- make them aware of how great Your love is for them,
- use them to encourage one another,
- empower them for the work,
- give them peace and great joy in their homes,
- and glorify Yourself, extending Your Kingdom through their lives and ministry.