Moments of Faith Devotional, May 14, 2024 by Prophet Frank Udoh

Title: Pray for Your Pastors: Strengthening the Spiritual Guardians

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:17 (NIV) – “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”


In every congregation, pastors stand as spiritual guardians, guiding, teaching, and shepherding the flock entrusted to their care. Theirs is a calling of immense responsibility and accountability before God. As they labor diligently in preaching the Word, counseling, and overseeing the spiritual growth of the church, they also face unique challenges, temptations, and burdens.

As members of the body of Christ, it is our privilege and duty to uphold our pastors in prayer. We are called to intercede for them, covering them with prayers of protection, wisdom, strength, and encouragement. Our prayers serve as a spiritual shield, guarding them against the attacks of the enemy and strengthening them for the tasks ahead.

Pray for your pastors’ spiritual vitality, that they may remain rooted and grounded in the Word of God, continually growing in their relationship with Him. Pray for their emotional and physical well-being, that they may experience God’s peace and strength amidst the demands of ministry.

Pray for their families, that they may be a source of support, unity, and blessing. Pray for divine wisdom and discernment as they lead and make decisions for the church. Pray for divine favor and provision in every aspect of their lives and ministry.

As we faithfully lift up our pastors in prayer, we participate in God’s work of equipping and empowering them for greater effectiveness in ministry. Let us commit to praying fervently and consistently for our pastors, knowing that our prayers have the power to impact lives, transform communities, and advance God’s kingdom.


Heavenly Father, we lift up our pastors before You today, asking for Your abundant grace and favor to be upon them. Strengthen them with Your mighty power, fill them afresh with Your Spirit, and grant them wisdom, discernment, and understanding as they lead Your people. Protect them from the attacks of the enemy and surround them with Your divine hedge of protection. Provide for their every need, and may Your peace, joy, and love overflow in their lives and ministries. May they continue to walk in humility and integrity, always seeking Your will and glory above all else. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Further Reading:

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NIV) – “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV) – “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

James 5:16 (NIV) – “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

As we commit to praying for our pastors, let us also remember to encourage and support them in tangible ways, demonstrating our love and appreciation for their dedication to serving God and His people.

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