I absolutely love serving as pastor of Biltmore Church! It is a true joy, and the people are incredibly edifying. God has chosen to grow our church and bless our church in significant ways. I believe a lot of that is in answer to the continuous and bold prayers of people in our congregation. I’m very grateful for the prayer warriors at Biltmore Church who intercede for our church and leadership.
As a leader, it is both humbling and encouraging when people always ask, “How can we pray for you?” Since that question comes up quite often (and that I need prayer…. badly!), let me share some specific ways you can pray for your pastor (apply to any of the Biltmore Church pastors or a pastor from the church you attend).
1. Pray for our family life
Just like you, the biggest joys, as well as the deepest pain, are around family. Pray for our marriages, that they would be healthy and growing. Pray for kids by name. Pray God’s Word over our families (example: Ephesians 1:15-19, 3:14-21).
2. Pray for our preaching
While there are a lot of different things a pastor does (planning, counseling, discipling, praying, meeting, etc.), preaching is where he equips the most people at a time. This is especially true for Lead/Senior/Teaching Pastors. Some specific things you can pray for regarding preaching are:
- Boldness (Ephesians 6:19)
- Sound doctrine (Titus 1:9)
- To reprove, rebuke, exhort with patience (2 Timothy 4:2)
(note: Exhorting people is fun and rewarding. Reproving and rebuking is necessary but draining.)
- Diligence in preparation (2 Timothy 2:15)
(Note: For me, my biggest sermon preparation days are Wednesday and Thursday. My biggest administrative days are Monday and Tuesday.)
3. Pray for our wisdom and guidance
Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”
One of the most pressing needs for a pastor is that he would be given wisdom and guidance in the many decisions he needs to make. Wisdom to confront issues, sermon planning, leading meetings, community outreach, counseling broken people, developing leaders, hiring staff, helping staff succeed, worship planning, etc. Isaiah 11:2 says of Jesus that “the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might“ was upon Him. Pastors need that too.
4. Pray for our walk with the Lord
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
It might seem that all the time spent around the church and in the Bible, might guarantee a close walk with the Lord – it doesn’t. Some specific things you can pray for are:
- That the gospel would be the focal point of our identity – not ministry, church, etc. – but who I am “in Christ.”
- That our prayer life would be consistent, intimate, powerful.
- That our time in the Word would not just be for preparing to feed other people. That God would feed our own souls and continually be sanctifying us through His Word (John 17:17).
- That when we sin – we would run to Him in repentance and not from Him in shame.
- That we would forgive people quickly, so we do not get a bitter heart.
Thanks for praying!