We have given you lots of great ideas for how to care for your pastor, but the most important thing you can do is PRAY!

It is so easy for us to be critical of our leaders and to talk about them. But God’s desire is for us to talk to Him on behalf of our pastors.

Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” One Bible commentator says devoting ourselves suggests a gritty determination in our prayer lives.

Do you have that kind of radical commitment to pray for your pastor?

Do you desire for them to be filled with God’s power? To be healthy? To be an effective shepherd?

Will you commit to pray regularly for your pastor and their family?


We would encourage you to pray regularly for your pastor in these specific areas:

  • A hunger to know God more intimately
  • Courage and persistence to stay the course
  • Wisdom in dealing with people and decisions
  • Unconditional love for the people in their care
  • Balance in their personal life and courage to say no
  • A humble heart to see their own weaknesses
  • Discernment to know where God is leading
  • Strength to stand firm against temptation
  • A thankful heart to see God’s goodness and His work in the church body
  • A full understanding of their identity in Christ, not based on their performance


We would encourage you to pray regularly for your pastor's family in these specific areas:

  • Deep family intimacy inspite of the stresses of ministry life
  • Their spouse would love God's Church in the midst of the difficulties of church life
  • Each child might have a growing walk with Jesus
  • Freedom for the pastor's spouse and children to be themselves without criticism
  • Finding balance between family and ministry
  • Unconditional love for those who place unrealistic expectations on them
  • Wisdom in parenting
  • Blessing upon their family finances
  • Protection from the attacks of the enemy


To receive a daily or weekly text to help you pray for your pastor, text PASTOR to 74574.

(This feature sponsored by our ministry partner PastorServe.)