An old adage says, “When the head of a fish is rotten, the whole body will spoil.” For the church to keep marching on and the gate of hell not to prevail, there is a need for severe intercessory prayers for church leaders.
Having passed through the Bible school, met different church leaders, and attended ministerial conferences and lectures, the church sincerely needs to embark on powerful prayer for the church leaders.
The devil is seriously attacking the church heads; he wants them to fail and lead their followers astray. Moreso, we hear different unimaginable things happening among pastors today, those that are supposed to lead people to Christ but are no longer vessels of God
We’ve talked about a healthy church, and that a healthy church cannot function without a God-fearing leader. And no leader can lead the Church of Christ without the help of the Holy Spirit.
In the article, we highlight different intercessory prayers for the leaders in the church, how to pray for church leaders, and praying for church leaders’ scripture.
Why Church Leaders Need Prayer
One will expect the church’s leader to be the spiritual head to have it all. Let me remind you, every leader in the church was once a follower, some were even in the word before Jesus Christ revealed himself to them.
The truth is, it is effortless to backslide. It takes God’s grace and level of discipline to stay firm in the Lord. Even among pastors and leaders, many wolves in sheep’s clothing are ready to corrupt the faithful ones.
The church leaders need prayers to keep the fire burning and carry the cross according to God’s plan. The battle is not for the flesh but for the spirit,
How To Pray For Church leader
There are different aspects of prayers for church leaders, and challenges differ. However, we cover five crucial aspects where church leaders need your prayers.
Church leaders’ prayers can be offered individually or in groups. What matters is the sincerity of your prayers and the motives behind them. It does not matter if you are a member, a follower, or a non-churchgoer. As we intercede for lost souls in prayer, you can also negotiate for your spiritual heads.
There is no particular process to carry out the prayers except in denominations where prayer warriors are employed. There should be a procedure.
If you are interceding voluntarily, you can embark on a fast and pray. Check our 3-day fasting and prayer plan for a guide.
Prayers For Church Leaders
Prayer to rekindle the fire
Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet, Reverend, and Bishop are all titles. These titles do not determine your strength in the Lord. The Spirit of God in you can help you function well in any of the five folds of the ministry, not just the post you hold.
A man with a title and no mantle is just an empty barrel. Pastors or church leaders need the fire of God at all times. Sometimes, they are overwhelmed by personal issues, health challenges, and other problems such as marital, financial, societal, and interdenominational.
And because they are leaders, other congregational members come to them for the solution. Church leaders often keep their problems to themselves, except for a few that have spiritual fathers they can always run to.
During this period, your church leaders need prayers to overcome the flesh and stay firm in the Lord without compromise.
1. Oh, Lord, I commit my church leader into your hands, Father. Rekindle the fire of the Holy Spirit in them.
2. Father, Lord, when they are weak, please give them strength in Jesus Christ’s name.
Renew their spiritual strength and make them thirsty to drink regularly from you, Oh Lord.
3. Kill every spirit of flesh in them. Turn our pastors into a consuming fire to their enemies in Jesus’ name.
4. Please, Lord, grant the grace to hear continually from you and the ability to carry out your assignments in Jesus’ mighty name.
5. Empower them, Oh Lord, For more significant works in Jesus’ mighty name.
Prayer For Good Health
Due to the tedious work of church leaders, many live with underlying ailments without knowing. We have seen where a Pastor slump and die on the pulpit. Many are too busy attending to church members, neglecting their health. Especially those blessed with a large congregation and who run different programs here and then.
Pray for church leaders to have good health, and the Lord should renew their strength with the blood of Jesus.
1. Father Lord, grant our church leaders good health through their day on earth.
2. We purge every hidden sickness that might hinder them from carrying out your assignment effectively in Jesus’s mighty name.
3. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, we command every arrow of illness out of their life, in Jesus name.
4. Let the authority of healing enter into their lives right now in the mighty name of Jesus Christ,
5. We cover our church leaders and their household with the blood of Jesus Christ.
Money they say is the root of all evil, and Money is also the wheel of Gospel. A full-time Church leader needs prayer for financial breakthroughs. His family needs to cater to him, his children need to attend good schools like any other children in the church, and the spouse also needs to live a good life.
Most times, church incentives are few and might not be enough to foot his bills. He needs Money to live well and propagate the gospel. Here are financial prayers for church leaders:
1. Oh Lord, our father, bless our leaders exceedingly and abundantly in Jesus’ name.
2. Let them begin to experience a financial breakthrough in Jesus’ name
3. Increase our church leaders financially and in all ramifications.
4. Send divine helpers and kingdom work lifters that will ease their financial burden.
5. Bless the work of thy hands in Jesus’ mighty name
Prayer For Church Growth
Church growth prayer is a collective effort of both members and leaders of the church. In fact, some denominations have a team or department called “payer warrior.” They must pray for the church’s and the leaders’ progress. Payer warrior is a full-time job in some churches.
The team members’ only occupation is to consistently pray for the church and its leader and eat placed incentives. At the same time, others offer it voluntarily as a sacrifice to the work of God. We already wrote extensively about church growth and listed several church growth prayers.
Prayers For Church Leaders Family
Brethren, these days, church leaders are the center of attack for the devil. You might wonder why the devil is attacking pastors’ and church leaders’ homes.
Firstly, the home (marriage is the first institution God created (Gen 2: 18-25) before any other. The devil understands the importance of a home, especially to a man of God. He knows that in a peaceful home, he will be able to perform adequately in his assignment. Hence, the reason for numerous divorces in Christian marriages to this day.
Besides, the church leaders’ family also needs prayer for protection against evil attacks. In prophetic churches where the leader carries out prophetic declarations, there is a need for a fervent prayer of protection against evil attacks.
Here are some prayers for the church leader’s family
Father, protect our church leaders and their family against any form of evil attack.
Oh Lord, as you helped David overcome Goliath, equip our leaders and their families to overcome any spiritual attack against them.
Deliver our pastors from the dangers of the day and night. Oh, Lord, we pray.
Be their strength when they are weak spiritually, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Oh Lord, because they are fighting our battle, father, fight for them to become overcomers.
1. Father, protect our church leaders and their families against any form of evil attack.
2. Oh, Lord, you helped David overcome Goliath. Equip our leaders and their families to overcome any spiritual attack against them.
3. Deliver our pastors from the dangers of the day and night. Oh, Lord, we pray.
4. Be their strength when they are weak spiritually, in the mighty name of Jesus.
5. Oh Lord, because they are fighting our battle, Father, fight for them to become overcome.
The post of a church leader requires intensive nonstop prayer. I;m sure you are reading this article to learn prayers for church leaders.
If you are blessed, drop a comment below and share your experience. Overall, start praying for church leaders today.