Friday, December 15, 2006

prayer for my pastor

Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to Your holy hill
and to Your dwelling!
Psalm 43:3
I pray for my pastor, the man you have called to shepherd this gathering of people.
Give him a thirst for You that is strong, and for Your Word that cannot be denied.
Let him run hard after You, and his desire be for closeness and communion with You before all else.
Before power, I pray for purity--that he would stand before You and others clean from sin and with a heart and mind filled with the righteousness that only Jesus Christ can bestow.
Give him strength to do what You put before him, no matter how daunting the task.
Give him courage to obey and trust You so that he can follow whatever path You have set before him.
Give him wisdom to understand You and Your word-so that he can lead, not according to his own preferences, frailties, or knowledge-but in Your truth and ways.
Give him discernment to recognize truth as easily as it is to recognize night from the day.
Give him men after Your own heart that can provide him with companionship, who can come alongside and help him, and who can lay him out if he needs it.
Give him a teachable heart so he can receive correction and is kept from foolishness.
Keep him from deceit, pride, bitterness and boasting.
Provide him with a reputation that honors You.
Fill him with joy and let him dance before You unhindered and unashamed.
Let him laugh with You.
Let Your Spirit be upon him as it was for David, all the days of his life.
Let Your power flow in his life and the work You have ordained him to.
Bring him into Your presence and let him hear Your voice.
Let him glorify You in all the areas of his life.
And may he and his family live with You in holiness in this life and forever.

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