20 Ways To Pray Scripturally for your Pastors
By Pastor Nate Keeler

From the Oct. 20, 2016 eNewsletter

This past Sunday in the Family Matters Series we addressed the roles of the leaders and congregation in the church from Hebrews 13:17-19. The last point of the message was a challenge to pray for your leaders and I quickly listed several topics you can pray for but I wanted to give you specific ways that you can Scripturally pray for me and for our pastors (and by extension all our leaders) at BVBC. I would encourage you to print out this list and post it next to your bed, put it in your Bible, leave a copy in your car and anywhere else that you can pray. Thank you for your commitment to pray for us as we in turn pray for you!

  1. That the gospel would be the focal point of (Pastor) and his identity – not manhood, not being a husband, not being a father, not being a pastor, but who he is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 2:2)
  2. That (Pastor) would not fear man by desiring the admiration of people; that the Lord’s “Well done” would be ever before his eyes. (Matthew 25:21)
  3. That the Lord would not allow (Pastor) to go long between repentances; that he would keep short accounts with God and be sensitive to the Spirit and honest when he sins. (1 John 1:9)
  4. That (Pastor) would continue to grow in the character qualities of a man of God. (1 Timothy 3)
  5. That (Pastor) would have a consistent, powerful, diligent life of private prayer; that he would grow in his dependence on the Holy Spirit. (John 15:1-5)
  6. That the Lord would give (Pastor) great diligence in study and sermon preparation, making the most of his time. (2 Timothy 2:15)
  7. That (Pastor) preaching and teaching ministry would be empowered by the Holy Spirit; that the Lord would effect real change in our lives through it; and that by it we would be more endeared to Christ. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  8. That (Pastor) would boldly and faithfully and humbly and joyfully and intentionally share the gospel with the non-Christians, making the most of the opportunity. (2 Timothy 4:5)
  9. That (Pastor) would see Jesus as supremely valuable, his greatest treasure, and as his dear friend (Philippians 3:7-11)
  10. That (Pastor) would be a useful servant of the Lord, that he would know and love God’s word, God’s people, and God’s kingdom; that he would be used to build it up and so that it prevails even against Hell’s gates. (Matthew 16:18)
  11. That (Pastor) would be kept from pride, and especially spiritual pride. That the Lord himself would be gracious to slay pride in him, and that (Pastor) would endeavor to always be putting pride to death, by the grace of the Holy Spirit. (Philippians 2:1-11)
  12. That many would be converted and many built up under (Pastor) ministry, to God’s glory alone. (1 Thessalonians 1:6-8)
  13. That the Lord would bless (Pastor’s) wife with holiness, happiness, friendship and effective ministry to her husband and family. (1 Thessalonians 4:1)
  14. That God would make (Pastor) a godly, sacrificial, attentive and emotionally present husband, father and spiritual leader of the home. (Ephesians 5:25-6:4)
  15. That the Lord would build a hedge of protection around (Pastor) so that the enemy would not get a foothold in his life. (Ephesians 6:11-12)
  16. That (Pastor) would pursue accountability and mentorship with older, godly men who can speak life into him. (as the example of Paul to Timothy in 1&2 Timothy)
  17. That God would grant wisdom and discernment to (Pastor) in making decisions of all kinds. (James 1:5)
  18. That God would grant health of all kinds in order to remain fit and effective for ministry. (3 John 1:2)
  19. That God would open doors of influence to (Pastor) in the Brandywine Valley and surrounding community. (Ephesians 6:18-20)
  20. That the Holy Spirit would provide courage and boldness in the Lord to (Pastor) to carry out God’s vision for our church. (Joshua 1:8-9)