In the previous part of our New Testament prayer series, we considered how believers.
Scriptures teach us to pray for all believers
Ephesians 6:18 KJV “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Such category of believers are our ministers, our pastors.
One of our duties is to minister to our leaders.
We must follow the leading of the Spirit to do this not our emotions. Following the scriptures is to be led by the Spirit.
The minister of the gospel is either a preacher or teacher of the word or both. So first and foremost I pray for him to be effective in this.
Firstly I pray for utterance
Ephesians 6:19 KJV “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,”
Colossians 4:3 KJV “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”
Utterance means ability to speak effectively.
Secondly, we pray for the boldness of our ministers. Ministers are human and could be vulnerable to fear.
Acts 23:11 KJV “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”
2 Corinthians 1:8 KJV “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:”
2 Timothy 1:7-8 KJV “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;”
So we pray for boldness to declare Gods counsel.
Ephesians 6:20 KJV “For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Acts 4:29 KJV “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”
Philippians 1:20 KJV “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”
Furthermore we pray that their ministry be received without hindrance and more importantly that they be so delivered from the evil plans of men to fulfill their ministry.
Romans 15:30-31 KJV “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;”
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 KJV “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”
Philippians 1:19 KJV “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,”
Salvation here refers to deliverance. Deliverance from evil. Evil machinations of opponents of the gospel
2 Timothy 4:17-18 KJV “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Ministers face much evil especially those in very violent territories. We can’t stop persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 KJV “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Philippians 1:29 KJV “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;”
Acts 4:29 KJV “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings:”
Behold, not stop their threatening; but rather pray to preserve the life of the persecuted from evil.
Also we pray for signs and wonders be done through his ministry.
Romans 15:19 KJV “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”
Acts 4:30 KJV “By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.”
We pray for the health of our ministers too.
2 Timothy 4:20 KJV “Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.”
Trophimus is a minister.
Philippians 2:25-26 KJV “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.”
Hence we pray for their health.
We also pray for our ministers’ conscience and conduct be pleasing to God
Hebrews 13:18 KJV “Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.”
This is for them to maintain their integrity in service.
2 Corinthians 4:2 KJV “But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
It’s very important we understand that ministers Face serious opposition in many areas of ministry
1 Corinthians 16:9 KJV “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”
Adversaries mean(s) opponents.
Write down 10 names of ministers, pastors you know (including popular and less popular ones), who have been a blessing to you.
Remember to pray out in the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14-15; Ephesians 6:18; Jude 20).
Let us pray!
Jesus is Lord. We Win!
In part 6 of this series, we shall discuss how we pray for the church.
Adapted with permission, from Facebook post by Reverend Chris Olusegun Onayinka.