How To Pray For Bowman

October 12, 2012

If you were in church this past Sunday, you know that Al Roberts encouraged us to pray for revival. Revival, as you know, is about God enlivening his people. Sometimes it is one thing to know that we should do something while it is quite another to know what that thing entails. For example, we know we are to raise our children in the discipline and admonition of the Lord. But how does this look? With this in mind, I found the following words helpful in delineating how we should pray for our church and community. It is very specific.

One of the most important ways faithful followers of Christ can help their churches is to simply pray for them. We are inundated with criticism, instruction, debate over church practice and theology, but we often fail to pray. If you’re wondering how you can make your local church better, here are five areas where it needs prayer:

1) Pray for your pastor. I know this is clique. I know people pray for me. But I really, really need prayer. And your pastor does too. He may not ask you for it. He may seem strong and courageous and “with it” all the time. But underneath that is a fragile, desperate soul often squeezed by the pressures of serving God’s people. So pray for faithfulness, refreshment, wisdom, creativity, humility, people skills. I never fully realized the need to pray for pastors until I actually became one.
2) Pray for the pastor’s wife. This is a tough role. There is really no template for the pastor’s wife. She’s thrust into a role that often asks more of her than she can handle. She’s the one keeping the home life somewhat normal and consistent. She’s the one holding things together when the pastor is at the bedside or meeting with someone in crisis. And sometimes the pastor’s family has their own crises that need prayer. Pray for your pastor’s wife.
3) Pray for God’s spirit to move in the hearts of people in the community. In our community, something like 85% of people are unchurched, likely unconverted. That’s a huge mission field. And it seems that with every passing day the church is becoming less of a factor in people’s lives. Pray that your church would be a lighthouse, a place where people discover the eternal truths of the gospel, where the Word would shine and the Spirit would convict hearts to repentance. Sometimes we get so program-oriented that we forget to pray for a mighty moving of the Spirit.
4) Pray for unity among God’s people. The devil loves to divide and conquer. He loves to sow seeds of strife in a church. He loves to prey on the natural, human, sinful tendencies of God’s good people. Unity has to be intentional. It’s not natural. It must be a spirit-connected thing. It’s fragile. And here’s a secret. If you are praying for church unity, you will be spending less time focusing on the hurts and faults of others that moves to destroy that unity.
5) Pray for the church staff and leadership. Don’t just pray for the pastor, as if he’s the only one who is on the frontlines, as if he’s the only important, exalted member serving your local body. He isn’t. Pray also and earnestly for the paid and volunteer staff, for the leadership team–elders, deacons, team leaders. Pray for their families, their spirituality, their faithfulness. Pray for God to enrich and refresh them and give them strength for His work.
 Daniel Darling is the Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. His latest book is REAL, Owning Your Christian Faith



2 Responses to “How To Pray For Bowman”

  1. ancientcures Says:

    This a good word and it is what I pray for everyday. Along with that, Paul tells us that we don’t always know what to pray for, but that the HOLY SPIRIT make intercession in groanings we cannot understand. This to me is a part of it, but also being led of the Spirit and praying as the Spirit gives us utterance. If we are quiet GOD will reveal the needs of others and of HIS Church. Those prayers that the LORD give us are important to HIM, so don’t discount it when you are led to pray for something.
    Thanks for these tips on the needs of the Church and may others be praying as well.

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