What to Pray for Your Pastor

How often do you pray for your pastor? When most Christians consider people to pray for, they think of people struggling through life. Although your pastor might not be struggling, he still needs your prayers. Praying for your pastor throughout the week is extremely important as he faithfully preaches God’s Word and shepherds God’s people.


The Pastoral Ministry

In Ephesians, we learn that God gives each believer specific gifts to equip the saints for the work of the ministry and for furthering the Kingdom of God. 

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…”—Ephesians 4:11-12

Each of these gifts is vital to the local church’s health, and believers are called to use their gifts to glorify God and further His Kingdom. God has called your pastor to pastoral ministry, and he is accountable for how he stewards the gifts God has given him. He must be obedient to God’s leading and faithfully shepherd the congregation. And by praying for your pastor, you can give him support.

Pastors Need Your Prayers 

Throughout his letters to various churches, Paul appealed to the believers to pray for him as he boldly proclaimed the Gospel.

  • “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

  • “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains…”—Colossians 4:2-3

  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.”—2 Thessalonians 3:1

  • “Brethren, pray for us.”—1 Thessalonians 5:25


Paul was not only an effective leader but a bold and faithful church planter. Still, he was not above asking for help and admitting that he could not do everything in his own strength. If he needed prayer, you can be sure your pastor is no different. He found comfort in knowing that believers worldwide were praying for his boldness and protection. It is a blessing and delight for your pastor to know that the body of believers is partnering with him in prayer, just as the early church prayed over Paul. Therefore, it is important for you to pray for your pastor and aid him in his work. 

How to Pray for Your Pastor

A pastor smiling as he talks with a member of the congregation.

Although it may be tempting to think your pastor is immune to temptation, frustration, spiritual discouragement, or burnout, he is not. Pastors are human, just like the rest of us. They experience the same temptations and struggles we face daily.

If you have not previously committed to pray for your pastor, you may wonder where to start. Here are 6 specific things you can pray as your pastor faithfully serves the Lord in his role:

     1. Pray for your pastor to preach God’s Word boldly. 


“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” —2 Timothy 4:5


Your pastor needs prayer to fulfill the duties of his pastoral ministry and God-given calling. Pray that your pastor would present God’s Word truthfully and without compromise and that the words he preaches would fall on open ears.


     2. Pray for your pastor to give and receive wise counsel. 


“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”—2 Timothy 3:16-17


Pray that your pastor would have the wisdom to give counsel to church members seeking guidance. Pray also that your pastor would have the humility to seek counsel in his personal life for accountability in areas where he struggles.


     3. Pray for your pastor’s protection.


“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”—Ephesians 6:12


Pastors are not immune from the enemy’s attacks. They walk around with a target on their back, and the enemy wants to do everything he can to bring them down. Pray that your pastor would be protected from the lies of the enemy coming at him through spiritual attacks.


     4. Pray for your pastor’s relationships.


“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”—Acts 20:28


Pray that God would strengthen your pastor’s marriage and give him wisdom in raising and biblically disciplining his children. Pray that God would equip him to nurture relationships with his congregation, guard his heart against bitterness, cynicism, and resentment, and replace those feelings with patience, grace, and joy.


     5. Pray for your pastor’s spiritual growth.


“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”—John 6:63


Your pastor cannot deliver a compelling message, give wise counsel, build relationships, or complete any other task in pastoral ministry without being filled with God’s spirit. Pray that God would speak to your pastor, fill him with the Holy Spirit, and equip him to complete the work He has called him to with a willing heart. 


     6. Pray for your pastor’s confidence.


“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”—Romans 11:36


Pastors wrestle with the temptation to fear other people instead of God. However, Spirit-filled leaders must live in fear of the Lord. Pray that your pastor would be confident in God’s Word and what God is speaking to him and calling him to do 



Your pastor needs your prayers! We often underestimate the power of prayer, but it is our most potent weapon against the enemy’s attacks. Pray for your pastor in these areas regularly. You can never pray for him too much.