Prayers to Pray for Your Leaders

  • Lord, I pray for discernment in exposing any schemes of the enemy against my leaders. Show our congregation how to pray against all powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of darkness in heavenly realms. And, Lord, protect us as we wage warfare on behalf of our leaders (Eph. 6:11-12).
  • Lord, let my leaders have a discerning mind to prioritize the precious minutes in the day. Let my pastors discern what is most important and be guarded against the tyranny of the urgent. (2 Cor. 11:14, 1 Jn. 4:1).
  • Father, I thank You that no weapons formed against my leaders will prosper. Every tongue raised against them will be cast down. Rumors and gossip will be turned aside. John & Marilyn Garcia will be still and wait before you, Lord. My leaders will dwell in the shadow of the Most High God and will be delivered from terror, darts of doubt, and diseases (Ps. 91:5-6). Set Your angels about my leaders (Ps. 91:11) and no power of the enemy shall harm them (Lk. 10:19).
  • I thank You, Father, that Your eyes are on the spiritual fathers and mothers of our house and Your ears are attentive to their prayers and Your face is against those who plot evil against them (1 Pet. 3:12). For I know that in all things You work for the good of my leaders who loves You (Ro. 8:28). Who can accuse my leaders who are daily interceded for by Christ Jesus? (Ro. 8:33-34). Therefore, in all things my leaders are more than conquerors (Ro. 8:37).
  • Father, allow my leaders to glory only in the cross (Gal. 6:14). Keep my pastor from pride and pity. Let the cross be their reason for ministry.
  • Jesus keep my pastors holy in every way (1 Pet. 1:16). Protect my shepherd from seducing spirits especially when he/she is tired and hard-pressed. Give John & Marilyn Garcia comrades to help protect them and to share with in personal holiness (Jas. 4:7). As my pastor draws near to You, draw near to my pastors (Jas. 4:8).
  • I pray that the eyes of my leaders may be enlightened to know the hope to which we are called and know the riches of our glorious inheritance in the saints. Let them know the incomparable great power which is in us who believe (Eph. 1:18-19). Let my leaders see the full revelation of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:12). Place in them a desire to know Christ and the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10).
  • Lord, I lift up the hands of my leaders and their family. Place them in your shelter, oh Most High to rest in your shadow, Almighty. I will say of the Lord, You are their refuge and fortress. You will preserve their family time. You will cover their home. Your faithfulness will meet their financial needs in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). You will command Your angels to guard them as they travel and win the lost. You have said, "I will be with [them] in trouble, I will deliver [them] and honor [them]. With a long life, I will satisfy [them] and show [them] my salvation" (Ps. 91:15-16). In Jesus' name I cancel all assignments of the enemy against them.
  • In Jesus' name I speak to church hurts, abuse, and ungrateful forces to move. I speak to mountains of criticism and inordinate expectations to be cast into the sea. I speak to stress, excessive phone counseling, and fatigue to be cast into the sea, and I believe every need, vision, and dream of my leaders will be completed (Mk. 11:22-24, Phil. 4:19).
  • Forgive those who hurt my leaders and speak against him/her, and may my pastor walk in forgiveness (Eph. 4:32-5:1). Guard my leaders from futile thinking (Eph. 4:17) and a vain imagination. Let every thought be taken captive to obey Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
  • In Jesus' name I bind the fear of failure and the fear of humankind (Jn. 14:1). Let my leaders' confidence not be eroded by the daily resistance to the gospel. Allow my them to fear God more than people.
  • Father, heal my shepherd's heart of any grief caused by ministry. Bestow on my leaders a crown of beauty instead of ashes and anoint him/her with the oil of gladness instead of mourning. Clothe my shepherd with a garment of praise instead of a spirit of depression. I call my leaders oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord to display Your splendor (Is. 61:3).
  • Keep my leaders in the midst of good and exciting worship. Keep them from the traditions of men and religion which hold the form of godliness, but deny its power (2 Tim. 3:5). Give my leaders a vision of heaven (Isaiah 6, Revelation 4).
  • With my shield of faith I cover my shepherd's mind to quench all flaming darts of doubt or vain imagination or mental distractions (Eph. 6:16, Col. 2:6-8). Let the mind of Christ be strong in them (1 Cor. 2:16).
  • Lord, I stand against the enemies of my leaders' prayer life: "busyness" (Acts 6:2-4), compulsions, compromise (Acts 5), unnecessary phone calls, chronic counselees, fatigue, sleepiness (Mt. 26:41), appetites, television, late meetings, over-commitments, and doubt. Let nothing hinder my leaders' time with You. Let my pastor rise up to seek You (Mk. 1:35), pray with other pastors (Acts 1:14), and pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Give my pastor the time, the desire, and the place to pray (Acts 16:16). I rebuke in the name of Jesus any distractions from my pastor's devotional life.
  • Bless my pastor with rich study time (Acts 6:4, 2 Tim. 2:15).
  • As John & Marilyn Garcia preach, let them proclaim Jesus Christ (Col. 1:28). Let my leaders preaching be in the energy of the Holy Spirit.
  • Lord, by Your Holy Spirit, anoint my leaders to preach, and bring apostolic results (Acts 2:37). As my pastors speak the Word, let signs and wonders follow confirming it (Mk. 16:20). Let the sick be healed; let the oppressed be set free. Anoint my leaders with the truth (Mt. 16:17). Let people be cut to the heart and accept Jesus Christ.
  • Lord, as You have promised, grant my beloved shepherds lasting fruit (Mal. 3:11, Jn. 15:16). Let my pastor's converts become disciples who in turn disciple. Bless my leaders with disciples who grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and mature into sons/daughters.
  • Lord, keep my leaders in the fear of God. Let them not fear people (Prov. 19:23). Give my leaders boldness to confront sin and church controllers. Honor their stand for You. Come to their rescue. I claim Psalm 35 for my leaders.