A prayer for pastors, for the week of October 12, 2016

Our Father in heaven, oh how we love you for you are worthy of all our love, and the love of all of us for all time and eternity.  I lift all believing pastors in New England to you this morning as they are getting ready to serve you and show your love and proclaim your word today.  Help them to boldly, wisely, and with love do all you have called and assigned them to.  Use them to bring light and strength and joy and trust and confidence afresh to each of your children.  May they be like you, Lord Jesus, to those to whom they minister, and may they be received with love and joy, and listened to with all seriousness.

Protect them from any and all who would come with complaint or criticism or accusation, so their minds remain clear and their spirits joyful.  May they not overlook the least one in their congregation but give the loving touch and encouraging word to each.  May they not kowtow to the rich and influential but see all those in the church with equal respect and concern.  Use each one to serve your grand and holy purposes, and with and through them strengthen and grow your kingdom here on earth.  Glorify our Lord Jesus Christ today, and lead your church, Lord Jesus by your Holy Spirit.  Help us to seek and demonstrate to the world the unity you asked the Father for while you were still here on earth.

Lead us into greater and greater and greater unity of spirit and purpose, and deliver us from all our petty divisions and competitions.  May we glorify you more and more with each passing day.  At the end of the day may we be reminded to look back with Thanksgiving and praise and joy at what you have done in, with and through us as pastors and children.   In the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

A prayer for pastors, for the week of September 29, 2016

Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic, strengthening and comforting is your name of all names and beings in all creation.  You have placed your glory above the heavens and made it known to all who have eyes to see and hearts to believe that it’s you, and minds and spirits to worship you.  In the light of your glory and presence I lift to you all your servant-leaders today as they prepare themselves to serve you through ministering the truth and your love revealed in Christ to their congregations.  May they see your handiwork and your glory and begin now by praising and worshiping you.

Fill them with the joy of your presence so that they respond with hearts full of love for and joy in you.  Bring to their minds all you have taught them through study, prayer and experience.  Give them ability afresh to proclaim these things in the anointing of your Spirit and reveal these things to all who listen.

May the faith of those who already believe be strengthened, and may those whose hearts and minds are darkened be brought into the light so they believe and receive the seal of their salvation, your Holy Spirit.  May your kingdom advance today in spite of all the efforts of those in government, education, entertainment and commerce to suppress the truth and pervert it to their own ends.  May your glory and kingdom advance today, and until our Lord Jesus returns.  Bless and empower the work of your pastors today!  In Jesus name, so be it!

A prayer for pastors, for the week of Sept 21, 2016

Our Father in heaven, the church is yours, and so are all the pastors whom you have given to the church and the world to shepherd your people and proclaim Jesus to the world as your eternal Son and our redeemer and Lord.  The church is the heart of all the created world and Jesus is the heart of the church.  It’s a poor analogy, Father, but you know what I mean and feel.

I lift your pastors to you today: keep them from feeling or thinking that they have to practice any kind of manipulation of circumstances or people, as Jacob practiced against Esau and then against Laban, in order to benefit themselves.  May they be pure in heart and motives, honest in word, and truly desire to pastor your people for their good and your glory.  May they yearn in their hearts for the salvation of those far from you but close to where they live.  May they not despise the sinful who are so different from them but instead cry out to you for them and seek, along with their people, to reach them in love and to tell them about Jesus and his sacrificial love for them.

Keep them, and me, from judgment and condemnation of those outside of Christ.  May the light of your love and presence shine out from your pastors, and me, today as we seek to live for and serve you.  So may you be lifted up before all in New England today.

We love you, I love you, holy and triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.  So Be It!

A prayer for pastors, for the week of August 31, 2016

Father in heaven, I come to praise you and thank you for your servant-leaders, believing pastors all over New England.  You are raising up a mighty army of fighters proclaiming the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ and leading the way in godly living and loving outreach to the poor, the needy and the lost.  I bless you for them, I bless you for them!  You are moving in New England and I see it and say, “Yes God, Yes God!”

Father, your pastors go around with bull’s-eyes on their backs and the devil and his demons target them day and night, attacking them through people who oppose them and lie about them.  Others criticize them and speak ill of them to their faces.  Protect them in all these attacks.  Enable them to confront their enemies as you would and did while on earth, Lord Jesus.  Deliver them out of those battles and into a place of peace and joy where they can serve you without these distractions and spirit-crushing experiences.

Father, dry their tears and refresh their souls and bodies so they go out today in the joy and strength of your encouraging presence and enabling.  Pit your fury against their enemies, and fill their friends with compassion for them and cause them to walk with them today.  May their friends uphold their arms like Aaron and Hur did for Moses.  May they see your Holy Spirit working today in the lives of their congregations and moving their dreams and desires for the gospel forward.

May this not be just another day for them but a day of soul inspiring advance of your kingdom.  May they see fortresses of darkness falling and your kingdom arising in the lives of their people and in their communities!  May they end their day in thanksgiving and worship of you our Almighty God and Father and Lord and Savior.  Hallelujah!  So be it Father in heaven!

A prayer for pastors, for the week of August 25, 2015

Father, thank you for the beauty of the morning, the singing of the birds, your glorious creation that I see all around me.  May the light of the presence of Jesus our Savior shine as brightly in our souls and spirits.  Refresh your pastors both with the day itself and with the Day Star who shines in our hearts.  Banish from them all dullness of mind and discouragement of spirit.  Draw near to each of them today and may they walk close with you, closer than with any friend or inner love of thing or experience.

On behalf of all of them I confess our sins of wandering from you in thoughts, desires, focus of mind, practices, and lusts of eye and heart.  We are weak and easily tempted, and too often linger too long with temptation.  We have been impatient with the wrong things and not patient enough with the right things.  We struggle with being content with what we have and repeatedly want more, we look at others with a much easier life and more money and allow stress over our needs to control us.

Forgive us and fill us again with your Spirit who can more than fill us to the point of overcoming all our temptations, fears, anxieties, lusts, inner and outer struggles and enable us today to fully, joyfully, and eagerly serve you in our calling and role as pastors, preachers, counselors, prayer warriors, fathers, spouses, friend to the lonely, the lost and the least.

Father, hear this sinner’s prayer for all my brothers and sisters today.  Bless them and give them success in all their pastoral, family and personal endeavors today.  I love you, we love you!  So be it!

A prayer for pastors, for the week of August 7, 2016

Father in heaven, I come to you now on behalf of my pastor and all believing pastors in the body of Christ.  Speak to them clearly today like you spoke to the prophets of old, and may they both hear you and receive your word with joy.  By your Holy Spirit enable them to apply it to their own lives, and proclaim it to their congregations with boldness and in its fullness as a warning in love pointing out the good and ancient way which begin at the cross and empty tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May they lovingly and clearly warn their people against forms of religion and worship that are empty of true commitment, trust in and obedience to you.  May they not proclaim only your love and desire to forgive, both of which clearly speak of your character, but may they also declare your holiness and our need to live as holy people.

May they heed the counsel Paul gave timothy to flee evil, pursue righteousness, fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life, keep the commandment given them, dare to command the rich in how to live and handle their wealth, guard what been entrusted to them of the full ministry of the gospel, and turn away from all godless chatter.  May their mouths be full of your good words of life and godliness, wisdom and counsel, so they demonstrate that they are pastors of your choosing and molding, and bless them and fill them with the joy of your presence!  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, so be it!

A prayer for pastors, for the week of August 1, 2016

Our loving Father in heaven and present in our lives, I offer this prayer to you on behalf of all the pastors who are serving you today.  Do not remain silent in their lives this morning for wicked and deceitful people, and demons, are opening their mouths against them seeking to make them miserable.  Some of those they consider friends are actually among their attackers.  Strengthen them this morning that they may withstand the attacks both from without and from within.

Father, replace their adversities with true friends and bring their adversities down to the place of despair that they may turn to you and be saved, forgiven and restored to you.  Cause the demons to tremble as they see your powerful hand against them.  Affirm the righteousness of these pastors in the eyes of all who know them, and fill their mouths with messages of truth, righteousness, love, compassion and warnings of judgment to come.

Speak through them calling souls to faith and salvation, and let there be a great harvest of souls redeemed today wherever these pastors are serving.  May you Father, Lord Jesus and blessed Holy Spirit be clearly revealed, worshiped, received, and loved today by those who sit under the ministry of these pastors.  So may their labor for you be fruitful and they go home rejoicing!  May they themselves greatly extol you and in the presence of their people praise you and lift you up for all to see!  This is my prayer to you for all these pastors.  So be it!  Amen.