As believers we offend look to Ministers (Preachers, Teachers, Motivational Speakers and Bible Scholars) as leaders that should Pray for us and show us the way to live a successful Christian lifestyle on earth. We attend all kinds of services, seminars, and conferences to be trained in our faith in God and remain on that journey and expect to receive revelation and understanding of who Jesus is and sometimes we remain on learning mode—and fail to enter into Ministry mode ourselves. What do you mean Manuel?
We must move into Ministry mode by being there for Ministers—that is PRAYING for MINISTERS! Yes, but I Tithe and give financially in support of the Ministry. That’s great, and may God bless you for your financial support. However, Ministers need more than money—they need our sincere Prayers!
Instructions on Praying for Ministers in the Book of Romans
The Apostle Paul shared so much on the topic of Prayer that he went into great detail about the kinds of Prayers that should be offered to God on behalf of Ministers. In the very first Letter Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome and after teaching them so many things from chapters 1-15 Paul ends chapter 15, with instructions on Prayer for Ministers. Paul said;
Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your Prayers to God for me, (v. 30)
That I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; (v. 31)
So that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. (v. 32) (Romans 15:30-32 NAS)
Instructions on Praying for Ministers in the Books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Brethren, Pray for us (1 Thessalonians 5:25 NKJV)
Pray for us—that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified (v. 1)
That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men—for not all have faith (v. 2) (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 NKJV)
Instructions on Prayer for Ministers in the Book of Ephesians
Praying always with all Prayer—Supplication—in the Spirit (3 Types of Prayer Methods) (v. 18)
Being watchful to this end, with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (v. 18)
For Ministers—that utterance may be given them (v. 19)
That they may open their mouth boldly to make known the mysteries of the gospel (v. 19-20) (Eph. 6:18-20 NKJV)
Instructions on Praying for Ministers in the Book of Colossians
Praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains (v. 3)
That I may make it manifest (or the message that is shared clear), as I ought to speak (v. 4) (Col. 4:3-4 NKJV)
Praying in Detail
For years after attending various types of Christians services I would always hear Ministers say what Paul said, Pray for us (1 Thessalonians 5:25 NKJV). But I never heard in detail about what? It never dawn on me what we should Pray about or how do we actually Pray for a Minister. The interesting part of this mystery is when I started to read carefully about all of Paul’s teaching on the topic of Prayer I realized that many Ministers didn’t have a Biblical clue on what to Pray for as well. They would only say, “Pray for us”. Granted, Paul said the same thing, however, in the following Letter to Thessalonians Paul added more info on what to Pray about (See, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 NKJV).
I believe the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to explain a little more to the Church at Thessalonica what to Pray about, and Paul shared more insight on his second Letter to Thessalonica about the specifics of what should be said in a Prayer for Ministers.
A Word of Caution
We are to Pray for Ministers who are alive and well today! For some this is a no brainer. For others who were brought up with religious concepts we need to be Biblically clear that we do not Pray to saints (Paul, Peter, Mary, Christopher or any other saint that other religions teach us). We should not Pray for Paul now! No! The Bible is clear that we are to Pray to the Father in Jesus’ name. Jesus said so (See, John 14:12-14 NKJV). And the Apostles Prayed the same way—Praying to the Father in Jesus’ name (See, Acts 4:24-31 NKJV). And although we read that Paul wrote these Letters about Praying for Ministers (meaning himself) yet, we are to take the instructions shared and apply them here and now in the same sense in which it was practiced back then. We are to Pray for Ministers just as Paul instructed us too! But not for him now!!!
So when we summarize all the 5 Letters together about Praying specifically for Ministers we are to Pray for following;
1. We are to Pray for Ministers.
2. And strive with them earnestly in Prayer.
3. We are to Pray different types of Prayers, Supplications, and in the Spirit (that is, Praying in unknown tongues for Ministers).
4. We are to Pray that God opens the Door for the word to be shared.
5. We are to Pray that Ministers would be delivered from evil men where ever they go to Minister.
6. We are to Pray that their particular Ministry be accepted in that city or town they went to Minister in.
7. We are to Pray that the word spoken by Ministers will come out of their mouths swiftly, clearly and understandably.
8. That they may speak the mysteries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that people never heard presented in the way that is easy to understand and apply.
Praying instead of Complaining
By exercising our Prayers on behalf of Ministers we ask God to bless them to be Powerful speakers so they may speak what God wants them speak. This part of Prayer is important because we must understand that to be a speaker we are at times unaware of what we should say at any given meeting or place we are sent to speak. We cannot take a professional approach and say ah we spoke about this message in New York, so let me speak the same message to Africa or Spain. Ministers make that common mistake and become unsuccessful at times—or fail to make an impact. We cannot do the same thing over and over in every place we are sent to Minister.
The second application for us to Pray for Ministers is Praying for our own Leaders in our Churches. Let’s say we are attending a Church that has several Pastors and each one is different, some smarter or more Anointed and experienced than others. Well, our Prayers can help other Ministers rise up and step up to the plate to be more effective in their future messages that they personally seek God for—to share with HIS people.
For example, every time I Pray I ask God to Anoint me afresh with insight to dig out a new message—then Anoint me again to share this message creatively unlike any other message I shared before. And if you’ve been reading various articles you’ll see fresh messages and unique delivery formats in each article. Paul instructed us to Pray this way and as a result Paul wrote 14 Letters in the New Testament. So Prayer works because God blessed me to write 166 articles so far and there is so much more to come, Praise God!
The Bible is so practical. Let me share a sample Prayer—you can tweak it to fit your style;
Heavenly Father, we ask that you Anoint afresh (Pastor, Evangelist, Speaker) Michael to speak the mysteries of your word. Open the door of faith for him to speak in various places You have pre-ordained for him to go and Minister. Deliver him from evil men who will try to oppose him. And grant him the victory of accomplishing Your Divine will in the Ministry of the Gospel, in Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.
We can add more or less to this Prayer based on all the passages that were mentioned. However, the aim is to Pray for Ministers, Amen.