Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Month of Prayers for Your Pastor's Wife


Your Intercessory Prayer Challenge

Did you know that October is National Clergy Appreciation month?
There are many ways we express appreciation to those in spiritual leadership over us. Most people focus on the needs of their pastor, but one of the greatest gifts any believer can give to their pastor is to pray for his wife and family.

We’re all gifted to serve the body of Christ in different ways. Yet, as the “chatty” gender, women often feel especially drawn to prayer. If you feel called to intercede for others’ needs, consider this post a challenge to grow your ministry!

Revive Our Hearts has produced a terrific PDF document called “31 Days of Praying for Your Pastor’s Wife. You can print it out, fold it in half, and stuff it in your Bible. Starting today, plan spend a few minutes remembering the special woman God has called to serve as helpmate to your pastor.

Prayer Prompts for The First Five Days

Day 1
Pray that your pastor’s wife will love God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. Pray that God’s Spirit will work in her heart in power, and that she will value and follow biblical priorities. (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 6:33)

Day 2
Pray that she will cultivate strong character and uncompromising integrity. Pray that her testimony will be genuine, and that she will guard her heart. (1 Tim. 1:5; 3:7; Prov. 4:23)

Day 3
Pray for her personal walk with God—that her soul and spirit will be nourished
and strengthened in her times with Him. Pray that she will spend more time in the Word of God than in reading Christian books and articles. (2 Tim. 2:15-16; Ps. 119:7)

Day 4
Pray that your pastor’s wife will counsel and teach with discernment through the wise use of Scripture and faith in God’s power. (Ps. 119:99; James 1:5-6)

Day 5
Ask God to protect her marriage and keep it strong as a model of the Church’s submission to Christ. Pray that she will respect and practice godly submission to her husband’s leadership, and that her husband will love and cherish her. (Eph. 5:23-33)

You’ll find prompts Day 6 - Day 31 Listed here (PDF).

Related

Caring for Ministry Wives
Let’s Pray Now Not Later
Prayer in Marriage

Photo: TheGiftedPhotographer (Flickr)



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What other ways do you like to show appreciation for your spiritual leaders?



4 comments:

  1. Love this! :) I try to bring them their favorite foods. Our pastor's wife loves my cinnamon rolls and pastor loves my lemon bars. :)

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  2. Thank you for this. Yesterday I went back and saw our pastor and his wife interviewed on Life Today with James Robison, this was after his brain surgery. This year has been very long for them, and the future is only in God's hands...they have three little children, so thank you, she was so in my heart as I heard her words.
    I will be doing this!!!

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  3. April wrote:
    "I was going to comment today, but the "code words" didn't show up in the box. I think that a month of prayer for pastors' wives is a terrific idea, and I will certainly be doing it!"

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  4. Via email Bobbi said...

    I LOVED the praying for your pastor’s wife idea. We are planning to change some things (events) at our church next year....to make October Pastor/Missionary appreciation month. We want to use that prayer list one of the weeks to encourage prayer for pastor’s and missionary’s wives. I’m encouraged to be able to be an encouragement...and have something “tangible” to do for her.

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