3 Ways to Pray for your Pastor (West Franklin Style)
June 03, 2016
How can you pray for your pastor?
Each church needs a leader, a pastor to guide, instruct, and equip the congregation to fulfill the mission given by Christ. In our case here at the Church at West Franklin, it is Matt Pearson (though this guide can help any person in any church).
Matt is a blessing to this church directly from God. The Lord has Matt here for us, and Jesus has us here for Matt. Because of this, let’s be a church that prays for our pastor on a regular basis. Here are a few ways that I believe we could and should pray for Matt.
1. His Faith
Fighting the devil can be a tough endeavor for any Christian. But for a pastor it can be even more laborious. Satan knows his time is short (Rev. 12:12), and he rages all the more because of it. One of his primary targets would be, sensibly, the pastor of a congregation.
There are obvious ways the principalities and rulers of this world led by the devil can attack Matt. It doesn’t take much research to find stories of pastors who have collapsed on a major scale sending earthquakes throughout the entire Christian community. But major earthquakes don’t happen out of nowhere. If looked for closely, small tremors can be seen happening weeks and even months ahead of time. If caught early enough, the damage can be avoided.
Satan is using means that are almost unnoticeable to the eye right now to try to attack Matt. This can be an outside factor, but it can also be certain patterns being developed right now that will cause Matt to not be prepared or notice when the attacks come. Let’s pray that God would keep a firm hold on Matt, and that Matt would keep a firm hold onto God in all areas in all times. The apostle Paul instructs Timothy, a pastor he trained personally, in his first letter to him to flee worldly passions and to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness” (1 Tim. 6:11). He proceeds in the next verse to tell him to continually fight the good fight of the faith. Although 1 Timothy, and all the other Pastoral Epistles, are beneficial and needed by all believers, we shouldn’t forget that these letters were written directly to pastors. That shouldn’t make us view 1 & 2 Timothy differently than other Scriptures, but it should drive us to appreciate the pastoral role in a church.
Matt is in an ongoing battle against forces that he, you, and I cannot see. So let’s pray that he would continue to “fan into the flame the gift of God” that has been given to him, and that he would let God harvest the “spirit not of fear but and love and self-control” that he has given to him (2 Tim. 1:6-7).
Praying for Matt’s faith and continual dependence and looking upon Christ is the best way we can pray for our pastor.
2. His Family
A pastor’s family is also in the sights of the enemy. Matt can successfully combat any spiritual warfare he personally faces, but that won’t stop it from trying to halt him through his family. Praying specifically for Matt’s household by name is a great way for us to pray for him. Praying passages of Scripture such as Ephesians 3:14-21 for each and every one of his family members can be a great place to start. Let’s thank God for his family, but let’s not stop there. Lifting up his wife, two sons, and daughter in prayer will reap spiritual benefit for our church. Praying for God’s protection in all areas of their lives help as well. The devil may be after his family, but the church can come and encircle them in prayer and supplication providing protection for his household.
3. What He Prays For
The final way I would suggest us to start praying for Matt is to pray for what he prays for. I have heard this man pray, so have you, and it doesn’t take long to realize the vision God has given to him for our church. Let’s pray that we as a body would grow together in unity, using our gifts in order to reach the outside world. Let’s pray that we would begin to recognize the lostness of our neighbors and that Christ would lead us into conversations with them bringing new life. Let’s pray that we would be excited for evangelism, expected to see lives made new, and that we would long for the coming Kingdom. By praying for what Matt prays for, we join him in unity and spirit, “with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 2:27).
Praying for Matt will help him become even more established in his faith, it will help his family thrive as a gospel witness, and it will cause us to join hands with him in prayer for what Christ has called him to do- pastor us in order for us to go and make disciples that make disciples.