7 Prayers of Compassion to Strengthen Your Pastor

4. Prayer for God to Give Your Pastor Good Health

Although pastors care for others, they often dont take care of themselves. PCI reports over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and dont exercise.

With 84% saying they are on-call 24/7, 75% of pastors feel highly stressed. At 91%, most pastors feel burned out, fatigued, and worn out every week.

Emotionally, 70% of ministers say they have a lower self-image now than when they entered into the ministry. In addition to this decline, 70% say they dont have any close friends, with 84% wishing they had someone to trust, confide in, and find fellowship with.


Dear Father,

Strengthen my pastor physically and emotionally where he feels weak (Isaiah 35:3). Encourage his heart when he feels disheartened (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

Help him to find life and health for his whole body in Your word (Proverbs 4:22). Renew and strengthen him and help him to rest in You (Matthew 11:28).

Surround him with godly friends to uplift and support him, ones he can trust, confide in, and who help lighten his load (Galatians 6:2).

In Jesus Name,

5. Prayer for God to Deepen Your Pastors Faith

Often congregants dont think of their pastor maturing and growing in his faith along with the rest of us. However, PCI states 28% of pastors surveyed report being spiritually undernourished.

Likewise SS reports that 72% of pastors only study the Bible when preparing for sermons or teaching lessons, and 21% spend less than 15 minutes a day in prayers.

Dear Father,

Help my pastor deepen His faith through reading, studying, and meditating on Your word and seeking You in prayer. Encourage him to spend time with you.

Gird him with Your truth so that he is daily strengthened to grow and mature spiritually.

Help him to do his best, and to present himself to You as an approved worker who is correctly handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

In Jesus Name,

6. Prayer for God to Keep Your Pastor from Falling into Temptation

Unfortunately, PCI reports 100% of pastors surveyed have had a colleague leave the ministry due to church conflict, burnout, or moral failure. Along with trying to help their members resist sinning, 81% of pastors say they have been tempted with inappropriate sexual thoughts or behaviors with someone in the church.

Likewise 17% confess to inappropriately texting with a church member, as well as 34% wrestling with the temptation to visit pornographic web sites.


Dear Father,

As David prayed in Psalm 101:3, protect my pastor from letting evil pass before his eyes. O, Lord, I ask you to create a pure heart and a steadfast spirit within him (Psalm 51:10).

Strengthen my pastor to lead and love his congregation from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5). Help him place safeguards around him to protect him from temptation.

Strengthen him to turn to You when he is tempted to sin, knowing You are faithful and will not let him be tempted beyond what he can bear, but with that You will provide a way out so that he can endure it and not give in to it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

In Jesus Name,

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