The Word of God is central to priests, pastors and chruch leaders in ensuring they are leading people down the right paths to their salvation. These short prayers for pastors and leaders will keep the Word of God center and foremost in their lives.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are great and abundant in power, your understanding is beyond measure. As I keep watch over the souls of the people I pastor, help me to lead with joy and not with groaning, remembering that I will give an account for all those under my care. Lord, bless me and keep me, make your face shine upon me. Turn your face towards me and give me peace. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that you possess infinite riches of wisdom, goodness and power. Help me to shepherd your people in your will, the Good Shepherd. Fill me with knowledge and understanding and refresh my soul. You are the God of endurance and encouragement. Help me to live in harmony with others, that together we may with one voice glorify Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the honor and responsibility of leading your church. May I love people as you have loved me. May I speak truth to them as you have spoken truth to me. May I serve them as I have been served by you. May I set an example in speech, conduct and character. May I be filled with the joy of your spirit so that it overflows into the lives of others. In your mighty name, Amen.
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, thank you that you are all-powerful, you can do anything you desire. Help me to lead your people effectively and compassionately. May I be an example to the church in your self-sacrificing love. You are the God of hope. Fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit I may abound in hope. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Lead the Church Prayer
Faithful Father, thank you that you make known your love and that your purposes will stand, your plans will not fail. As I lead your people, may I honor you, always being prepared to encourage your church to put their trust in you. May I lead with gentleness and respect. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with me always. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Mighty God, thank you that there is nowhere I can go that is beyond your presence. In my pastoral role, help me to devote myself to the word of God and prayer. May Christ dwell in my heart through faith so that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may have the strength to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. May I be filled with all the fullness of God. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
O Lord my God, thank you that you are infinitely, consistently and perfectly wise. Your word says that you will give wisdom to anyone who asks. Hear my prayer and fill me with wisdom to lead. You are able to do far more abundantly than all that I ask or imagine, according to the power at work within me. To you be glory throughout all generations, forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Lead by Example Prayer
Lord, my Rock and Redeemer, thank you that your promises are sure, you are faithful, I can rely on you. Help me to lead with a compassionate heart, filled with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Let me be an example to your people in speech and in character. May your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Word of God Prayer
Creator God, thank you that you are perfectly faithful. You never forget, never fail and never take back a promise. Please help me to lead your people well. May the word of Christ dwell in me richly, teaching me in all wisdom. May I sing with thankfulness in my heart to God. Whatever I do, in word or deed, may I do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Restore My Strength Prayer
Loving Father, thank you that your work is perfect, your ways are just, you are a God of faithfulness. As I deal with conflict and difficulties within the church, I ask that you would restore my strength and fill my soul with joy. May the Lord make me increase and abound in love for others. May you establish my heart as blameless in holiness before you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Joyful Leadership Prayer
Generous Father, thank you that every good and perfect gift comes from you, the Father of lights. Give me joy in the work of leading your people. Give me the strength to work hard for your kingdom. You are the God of peace. May you sanctify me completely, and may my whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. You, who called me, are faithful to the end. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Revive My Soul Prayer
All-Knowing God, thank you that your word revives my soul, gives wisdom to my mind and produces joy in my heart. Let me be filled with your word as I speak to others. May I be filled with compassion as I minister to others. May the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave me eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort my heart and establish me in every good work and word. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Church Leadership Prayer
Merciful God, thank you that you will never leave me or forsake me. Help me to lead your people with wisdom and grace. Please help me to follow you as I lead. You are the God of peace, the great shepherd of the sheep. May you equip me with everything good that I may do your will. Work in me, that I may be pleasing in your sight. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Lord of the Nations, thank you that you are my shield and my strength. Protect me from the attacks of the enemy. Give me the strength to avoid temptation and bitterness. Restore to me the joy of my salvation. May I grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To you be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Healthy Leadership Prayer
God of the Universe, thank you that you hear and answer my prayers. You have promised that my faith will never be put to shame when my trust is in you. Help me to trust you with the health and growth of the church. Let me be filled with joy as I lead. May grace, mercy, and peace be with me, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son, in truth and love. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Filled with Faith Prayer
Everlasting Father, thank you that you are my creator, you know me better than anyone else. You have said that I do not need to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, I should present my requests to God. Remove my anxiety about situations in the church and fill me with faith in you. May you, the Lord of Peace, give me peace at all times and in every way. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Give Me Strength Prayer
Compassionate Father, thank you that your word enlightens my eyes, purifies my soul and preserves me for eternal life. Your word says that you give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. Strengthen me as I pastor your people. May the love of the Father, the tenderness of the Son, and the presence of the Spirit, gladden my heart and bring peace to my soul, today and for all days. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Blessed Leadership Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Your word says that you are able to bless me abundantly, so that in all things at all times, you will supply everything I need. Bless my leadership, Lord. May the peace of God enfold me, the love of God uphold me and the wisdom of God control me. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Loving Father, thank you that you are my protector and provider. Protect me from sin and provide all I need to lead your church. You have promised that in all things at all times, you will supply all that I need. Let the majesty of the Father be the light that guides me, the compassion of the Son be the love that inspires me and the presence of the Spirit be the strength that empowers me. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Mighty God, thank you that you are the light of the world, guiding my steps on your path. You have promised that, if I abide in you, I will produce much fruit. Please help me to abide in you and lead your church with the power of your Holy Spirit working within me. Deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me towards your heavenly kingdom. To you be glory, forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Trust in God Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are my rock and fortress, I can always find refuge in you. You have said that apart from you I can do nothing. Please help me to trust in you as I shepherd your people. Be exalted above the heavens, O God. Let Your glory be above all the earth. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.