One of the most important things we can do for our pastors is to pray for them, especially as they prepare to proclaim the Word. Use these Bible texts to pray today for pastors—particularly, for your shepherd—in preparation for worship this weekend:
1. Pray they will stand before God’s people with a pure heart.
- 2 Corinthians 1:12 For this is our confidence: The testimony of our conscience is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly wisdom but by God’s grace.
2. Pray they will speak the gospel boldly.
- Ephesians 6:20b Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.
3. Pray they will boast only in the cross of Christ.
- Galatians 6:14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
4. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work through them to convict hearers.
- John 16:8 When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment.
5. Pray non-believers will believe through the proclaimed Word.
- Romans 10:17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.