Tip: 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (God’s Word) gives us God’s agenda for prayer, “First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us.” The key phrase here is “first of all.” If we would obey this, we would see successes in prayer! Our prayer failures too often come from the fact that we pray first of all for ourselves or our needs. But God said first of all, pray for our leaders, which include our spiritual leaders and their spouses! Then we may pray for our church, family and our own needs.
Pray: Father, in the Name of Jesus, we pray and confess that the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ rests upon Pastor Steve, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Your Spirit makes him of quick understanding and he will not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears. You, Lord, have anointed and qualified him to preach the Gospel to both the poor and the wealthy, the young and the old, Jews and Gentiles, Australians and Asians. You have sent Pastor Steve to heal the sick and the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
We pray that no weapon formed against Pastor Steve shall prosper and that every tongue that shall rise against him in judgment shall be shown to be in the wrong. We pray that You prosper Pastor Steve spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially and financially. Shower upon him more grace and favour in Your sight and the sight of man.
Lord, we pray and believe that, every day and in every service, freedom of utterance may be given to Pastor Steve so that he may open his mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel, that he may speak boldly, as he ought to speak. Thank You, Lord, that You have chosen Pastor Steve and ordained him, that he should bear much fruit (in terms of lost souls saved, sick people healed, empty people filled, disciples made, and all Christians obeying God’s Word), and that his fruits should remain!
We hereby confess that we shall stand by Pastor Steve and undergird him in prayer. We will say only good things that will edify our leader. We will not allow ourselves to yield to a critical spirit, but will continue to pray for him and speak good about and upon him, as is fitting in the Lord. Thank You, dear Lord Jesus, for Your love for Your shepherd. Now I believe Your eyes are over the righteous and Your ears are open to our prayers! Hallelujah! Amen.
Scripture References: Isaiah 11:2-3, Luke 4:18-19, 3 John 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, Ephesians 6:19-20, John 15:16, 1 Peter 3:12