• Bishop Keith Butler

Pray for Your Pastor

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19)


I have heard people say, “Well, the pastor wasn’t that good today in the pulpit.” Maybe that was true, but perhaps it was because no one was praying for him. Every time pastors go up to minister the Word, demon spirits oppose them so they cannot clearly communicate what God has placed on their hearts. The enemy will do everything he can to stop the Word.

Paul told the church in Ephesus to pray for him, and you should pray for your pastor. Now, someone may say, “What should I pray?” Paul listed four specific things to pray for your pastor:


  1. That utterance - the Greek word here is logos. In other words, pray that your pastor is given a full understanding and context of the Word of God.

  2. May be given unto me - Pray that the Holy Spirit tells your pastor what to teach or preach. People come up to me every Sunday and say, “You taught about exactly what I was dealing with this week.” That wasn't me, that was the Holy Ghost telling me precisely what to teach so they would hear what they needed.

  3. May open my mouth boldly - pray for boldness for your pastor so that he will declare the Word of God without reservation.

  4. To make known the mystery of the gospel - pray that your pastor can divulge mysteries clearly and concisely to those listening to the message.


Your pastor succeeds because of the prayers of the church. Every success is a prayer success first, and every failure is a prayer failure first.


Practical Application – Pray for your pastor. Pray over the four points. Also, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to pray and bless your leader so he or she can effectively lead the church.


1 Kings 8:28; 1 Peter 4:7

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