Growing up as a Pastor’s Kid, I often had people tell me “I’m sure you have an army of people praying for you but if you ever need anything, let me know.” I understand their heart and in no way am I trying to guilt anyone who has said that. But every time I heard it, I wanted to reply back, “You know, for the army of people you speak about, I sometimes feel pretty lonely.” or I wonder if maybe it was a statement looking for acknowledgement that the prayers matter and are needed.
So maybe you haven’t ever heard this so let me let you in on a little secret! Pastor’s, ministers, and leaders and their families NEED your prayers. Often times they are put in a place that they might feel they are unable to ask for everyday prayers.
I have also been on the other side, and have felt something like “What do I even pray for when praying for my pastor or my spiritual leaders? There is a feeling that they are so close to God if they needed something, why don’t they just ask. I mean I know I can pray for the generic things like their health or their family but what specifically should I pray?”
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Greece with my church and partner with A21 and Christine Caine. On that specific trip, we helped with a women’s conference at one of the local churches. I was honored to be one of the conference speakers along with some others from our church, Lisa Bevere and Christine Caine. The night before the conference, we gathered as a team to prepare and pray. Chris was leading the meeting and towards the end of the night she stood up and told everyone to grab the person next to you and pray for them as though you would want them to pray for you. Well I just happened to be standing by Lisa Bevere so I quickly turned the opposite way looking for someone to pray with but before I could find someone she grabbed my hand and said, “Let’s Pray!” to say I was nervous is a huge understatement.
Then on top of that Chris had just told us to pray for them as we would want them to pray for us. You see, right before this trip, I had a conversation with my husband that we might be infertile because at that point we had been trying for over 2 years. So I was praying for a baby. Now I have never asked Lisa but I am almost positive that she did not and does not want me to pray for her to have a baby. I mean she has 4 grown sons, grandchildren and I just don’t think that is the miracle she was asking the Lord for. Again, I have never asked her so I could be wrong but just going out on a limb here! And of course, I could have made it super spiritual and said maybe she is about to birth a book or a new project but instead I shook in fear wondering what to pray for her. I wish I could tell you I handled the situation better but instead, I let fear of not sounding “spiritual enough” take over and I prayed a quick prayer and said okay your turn!
Ever since that moment, I have wondered and asked the Lord to help me know how to pray for my leaders. How do I pray for the leaders that I love (which is usually easier), but how do I also pray for the leaders I am not so sure why they are in leadership, the ones I don’t necessarily like?
Recently while reading through the Bible, I came across a scripture that jumped out at me and immediately I thought “This is what I should pray for leaders!” Now I know there are plenty of scriptures you can pull from and if you have any that you use, I would love to hear them! But here is one that I am focusing on and have been praying for leaders.
“We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.”
Can you imagine what life would look like if all of our leaders grew in knowledge of God’s will and walked with spiritual wisdom and understanding? Wouldn’t we all like to grow and learn to know God better and better? How would you feel if someone prayed over you that God would grant you strength with all His glorious power so you would be equipped with the endurance and patience needed to accomplish all that He is calling you to? And I know we could all use a little more Joy in our lives! So, now when someone says to pray for them as you would want them to pray for you, you can pray these key things for them.
- Knowledge of His will
- Spiritual Wisdom and Understanding
- Grow to learn to know God better
- Strengthen them with all God’s glorious power so that they are equipped with all the endurance and patience needed.
- Filled with Joy
Hopefully, this helps you like it has helped me in knowing what to pray for our leaders. I would love to hear from you! Let me know any scriptures you have found helpful in praying for our leaders.