There is no greater gift you can give your pastor and the spiritual leaders of your church than to pray for them. Pastors cannot win the battle alone; they need committed intercessors to lift them up in fervent, specific prayer. Leaders are human—they face the same challenges that their people do, with some additional ones! They grow tired in ministry, are tempted to sin, and may find it difficult to balance their many roles and responsibilities. They need the encouragement and support of those they lead.

Prayer for your pastor and leaders is crucial to their spiritual health as well as the health of their families and your church. Let them know you are praying for them. Ask them for any specific prayer requests, and assure them you will pray accordingly.

Use this daily guide with accompanying scriptures that suggest practical ways to pray for those who provide spiritual leadership for the flock. If you would like prayer to receive daily reminders by email every morning in October, enter your email address in the box below.

October 31, 2016

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NIV) view whole chapter
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:6–11 (NIV) view whole chapter

Ask God to provide for the financial needs of your leaders and their families. Pray that they will be wise stewards of both their own personal finances and the funds entrusted in their care by the church.

October 30, 2016

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 (NIV) view whole chapter
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV) view whole chapter

Pray that your leaders would be people of faith, living passionate lives of love for God. Pray that they would not allow worry, fear, anxiety, or a downcast spirit to overtake their hearts.

October 29, 2016

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3 (NIV) view whole chapter
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23–24 (NIV) view whole chapter

Pray that your leaders would strive for personal excellence. Pray that they will believe God for all He wants to do, both in their own lives and through them to benefit of the entire congregation.

October 28, 2016

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
Luke 9:23–24 (NIV) view whole chapter

Pray that your leaders earnestly seek God’s will and choose to be committed to instant and complete obedience—ready for God to work powerfully in and through their lives and ministry.

October 27, 2016

For, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NIV) view whole chapter
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
Ephesians 4:17 (NIV) view whole chapter

Pray that your leaders would be rooted in Christ, established in the faith, growing in His grace, and filled with praises and thanksgiving for everything He does for us, in us, and through us.

October 26, 2016

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) view whole chapter
The poor will see and be glad—you who seek God, may your hearts live!
Psalm 69:32 (NIV) view whole chapter

Pray that your leaders would seek God for personal renewal as well as humbly praying for revival for the members of your church, your community, your nation, and the world.

October 25, 2016

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) view whole chapter
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
John 15:16 (NIV) view whole chapter

Pray that God will give your leaders a clear, biblical vision of what your church can be and should be for His glory and that they communicate that vision clearly and confidently to the church.