6 Prayers for Pastors or Leaders

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Leaders of churches and other organizations work very hard. I should know, I have been married to a preacher for many years. In addition to the regular activities such as leading church services and prayer meetings, many times the leaders in the church are called upon to do other things. These things might include visiting folks that are in the hospital, attending community events, providing counsel to people and even ministering to families that have lost a loved one. True, the leaders and pastors have been called to do these things but faithful prayers of the church are a blessing to these men of God. Here are 7 prayers for pastors or leaders that you might want to add to your prayer list.

Prayer for Faithfulness

Dear Lord, your word says many things about faithfulness, I pray now for our pastor that he will continue to be faithful to You and to Your church. Help him to always seek Your direction in his life and the life of Your church. I pray that he is faithful in all that he does, faithful to his commitments, faithful to his wife and family, faithful to his staff, but most of all I pray that he is always faithful to You in what you would have for him to do to accomplish Your plan for his life. Lord help him to be faithful to proclaim your name in all the earth. I praise you for this time that I have to offer up my prayer for faithfulness Lord and ask that you grant it in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

Prayers for Pastors and LeadersPrayer for Quiet Time to Study the Word

Dear Lord, I am praying for my pastor (leader). I ask that You give him the time that he needs to be in Your word. I pray that You help us to remember why deacons were first elected in the church; so that the preachers might have time to be ministers of Your word. Help us to remember that we can do the things that need to be done that do not require the assistance of the preacher. Help us to give of our time and talent and to encourage others to do the same. I pray through Jesus, Amen.

Acts 6:1-4  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Prayer for Rest & Good Health

Dear Heavenly Father, I ask for your blessing upon our pastor (leader) that he might receive the rest that he needs from his long hours of work. Help me to remember that I can help my pastor (leader) by offering to volunteer my time and talents to do the things that God has gifted me to do so my pastor (leader) does not have to take on that task. Help me to remember to let him know how much I appreciate the time and energy that he puts into each and every thing that he does. I pray that he is able to eat right and get proper exercise so that he can remain healthy for Your work. I raise up this prayer in the name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.

Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Psalms 145:14-15 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

Prayer for Provision

Dear God in Heaven, we love you and know that your promises in the Bible are true. Please hold our pastor in the palm of your hands as he continually walks by faith, knowing that you will provide for his every need as well as the needs of his family. Please help him to remember what Jesus said about your generosity and loving kindness. Help him to know that you know every hair on his head and that he is much more than any sparrow. I praise you for all that you have already done for my pastor and pray that you will continue to bless him with everything that he needs. I pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Prayer for Wisdom & Direction

Dear God, I want to lift my pastor (leader) up to you in prayer. He needs Your wisdom and direction for Your church. Please keep him humble and always relying upon You to give him the perfect wisdom and direction that he needs. Help him to consider information offered by others and also to come to You in prayer as he evaluates things. Remind him of Your servant Solomon who when he was to become king prayed only for Your wisdom and because of his humility You granted even more than wisdom. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen

1 Kings 3:11-13 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

Prayer for Fellowship & Good Godly Friends

Dear Father in Heaven, I pray that You will provide good and godly friends for my pastor. Friendships that will allow him to just be himself and will allow him to be held accountable as a brother in Christ. God he needs time away from the ministry to enjoy the fruit of his labor, I pray that You will provide good friends that will be his for a lifetime so that he may dwell together with them in unity. I pray that he is able to talk about the things of the Lord and that they may be able to encourage each other on how to remain faithful, committed and loving men of God. I pray these things by the power of Jesus name, Amen.

Psalms 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

How Do You Pray for your Pastor or Church Leaders?

Do you have special prayers that you offer for your leaders? Or perhaps you have something special that you do to bless your pastor or other leaders. We would love for you to share in the comments below.


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Robert June 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

You have reminded us of the importance of praying for our pastors. I think we forget that they struggle with the same issues we struggle with, but very often they don’t have anyone to help them through it. Thank you calling our attention to this and inspiring me to be more faithful to pray for my pastor.
Yours in Christ,


Pamela Rose Williams August 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thank you Robert for the kind words.


velma July 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

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Robert July 3, 2012 at 7:04 am

You will be in my prayers. Trust God, He will never fail you.
Yours in Christ,


Tafadzwa Chambati July 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

It is such a nice thing to pray for our pastors that they are led by e spirit to serve our Father. As l am also a leader,it is my prayer that l preserve myself holy for God,as stil a youth let l not be transformed by this world,but by e word of God. l pray that l be a good leader, l pray that the zeal and passion l hve for doing our fathers ministry never burn out. Together in prayer we break all barriers in our christian lives. peace be with you


Pamela Rose Williams July 10, 2012 at 10:36 am



Nozipho July 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

Tafadzwa, God bless you in all areas of your life. God loves you so much that He has invested this much in you. We live to serve God, we are here to please God. May He be with you throughout your journey and may He give you wisdom that surpasses all understanding. We really need more leaders/ pastors like you who have the zeal and oomph to serve God.


Nozipho July 10, 2012 at 3:15 am

I always pray for the pastor, leadership of the church and their families that God may give them the wisdom to lead us to God and to do His will. I always pray that God may provide for their every need. I pray for their health and well being. I pray for their marriages , I pray for peace, love, joy and respect in their marriages. I even pray for the leaders of this country, that it can be people who are born again, people who know and love God so as to ask for wisdom from God. My pastor had a vision, and we need christians with visions or individuals with vision. I was asking myself why the Old Church was successful the way it was, how come christians performed miracles the way they did, how they had faith like a mustard seed and my pastor preached about Acts 2 for the whole month. And the answer to my question was clear ” they did everything together , in one heart and in one accord, they sold all their possesssions and divided according to each one’s needs. That is why the Holy spirit was always with them. They fellowshipped together and daily. The key word being daily. Meaning there is power in fellowshipping daily. So our pastor had a vision that we needed to go back to fellowshiping daily if we want to see miracles happen in our midst. And funny enough they used to do it back then and I do not know what happened. We started last week and it has been great and the Lord has been wonderful.So he devided us into two groups for now, each group has a Peter and the eleven as it says in verse 14. God promises us that if we keep doing this He will add multitudes to our church who will be saved. He will give those who need promotions at work and that He will provide for us. Some of the days we will be encouraging each other, discussing certain topics that will help us grow as individuals and as achurch. We discuss the challenges we face everyday. We give each other moral support. I am really excited and am looking forward to our meetings. My main pray is for God to reveal to each and everyone of us their spiritual gifts and to activate them so as to know which part of the body one is. The gifts will help in building the church. I would love to have almost all of them but the ones I wish for most are: Gift of Wisdom, Gift of Faith, Gift of Prophecy, Gift of Interpretation of different tongues and the Gift of Healing. I am certain I have the gift of healing, faith , prophecy and interpretation of toungues but I’ve never interpreted but its in my spirit that I have. I desire the gift of Wisdom bcos really without wisdom we are doomed. I also desire the gift of praise and worship. I would really love to praise and worship and the Holy Spirit just take control. I believe if you can see that there is a problem somewhere, you should be able to fix the problem (Prophecy and Healing) What is your take, somebody anybody? I would really appreciate your responses and views.


Pamela Rose Williams July 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hello Nozipho, Thank you for pouring your heart into this comment.

I believe that God fixes problems, now we. He uses us to do His work. That’s my take.


Nozipho July 11, 2012 at 12:56 am

Thank you Pam, and on my statement I meant the Holy Spirit within us should use us as vessels to fix the problem. You are blessed.


Ellams Habib August 20, 2012 at 6:18 am

God is going to give a good heart love of God.


Terry A Reynolds December 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

I find that praying the Word of God over my Pastor and any other person of authority is the most effective. His Word will not return unto Him void but it will accomplish all that it was sent forth to do.


Robert edime February 2, 2013 at 6:30 am

Thank you for this write up i believe this will make me pray more for my pastor


salagala,giri kumar April 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

we are praying for u all please help us we have village pastor for need monthly salary please understand us dear one with love pastor Giri


sara oanibes May 17, 2013 at 5:06 am

This r much needed prayers.they serve as fuel for those who accepted the responsibility of guiding or directing Gods people.May the spirit of most high God strengthen n give them wisdom on their journey.May we show our graditute by praying for them 4 ever n ever.Amen!!!!!


BelieveAll Outreach October 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

Thank you so much for this post, in fact, it is a well meaning resourceful to me at this point.

Thank you and God bless you richly


nyeleti March 3, 2016 at 3:51 am

I opened this site on the perfect day as me and the worship team that i lead at our church we decided to pray for our pastor together with his family. It was laid in my spirit one Sunday as we were interceding at church that pastors needs our prayers because they invest more of their time in the church and praying for us as well and i knew that we not doing enough we need to stand in the gap for them in prayer. Thank you so much for this write-up Pamela it truly an inspiring one and i love the prayers you made there, they are so real and sincere and it is the kind we don’t pray daily but very powerful. I am blessed.


Angela July 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

This is great reminder to pray for our pastors and spiritual leaders, as well as the whole church. I think I would add one/two more and that is good spiritual mentors/leaders for them as well as a time of respite.


Reasons Or Ways To Pray For Your Pastor August 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

Interesting eye opener. Indeed, pastors need our prayers too


Barnabas Kambara October 14, 2016 at 5:04 am

I always had this deep desire to pray for my Pastor, so I check out sites for prayers that is how I got to you, your material for prayers are so profound, practical and with scriptures I will use them as my prayers for my pastor, thank you dear you have blessed me much!!


Nabeel November 16, 2016 at 7:29 am

Thank you.


David lartey December 6, 2016 at 8:03 am

Thank you ,In need your prayers to pass my Exams ,Am in DAG HEWARD MILLS bibles training collage


Toh Sylvester August 27, 2017 at 12:03 am

I love all these inspirational pieces


Ummy February 7, 2018 at 2:35 pm

AMEN. Our pastors and church leaders sure need our support and the best way is to always pray for them. May God bless you for the good work.


Lizzy Darlow October 26, 2018 at 5:48 am

Thank you!


Ewurama Yawson September 6, 2019 at 5:54 am

Very uncommon prayer points.
Especially when many people think the pastors are super heroes


Jack Wellman September 6, 2019 at 10:13 am

These are common prayers for all pastors, so why do you say these are uncommon. “Many people think the pastors are super heroes?” As one, I know of not one person that thinks this way…we are just like anyone else, so why such anger against pastors? You grumble against God’s servants, you grumble against God Himself.


Jack Wellman September 6, 2019 at 10:15 am

Hello Ewurama. These are common prayers for all pastors, so why do you say these are uncommon. “Many people think the pastors are super heroes?” As one, I know of not one person that thinks this way…we are just like anyone else, so why such anger against pastors? You grumble against God’s servants, you grumble against God Himself.


Amaechi September 9, 2019 at 5:49 pm

I Love all the payers point and God of Heaven Bless you by wisdom in all


Jimmy David Mbwanda March 1, 2021 at 2:13 pm

Wow, this powerful and rich.


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