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Local Church Leaders

Key Scripture:  And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors; and some, teachers; For the perfecting of  saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come to the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”.” (Eph. 4:11-13)

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for our pastor(s), elders and other church leaders whom you have placed in the local body to keep us from being tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, Speaking the truth in love, let us grow up into you, Lord, in all things, for you are the head of the body.

Bless our leaders, Lord, that they might govern your church according to your will. Help them be shepherds who never scatter the sheep but who care for the flock, who watch for their souls, and seek those who are lost and troubled. Help me to be a support to them, to be available when they need me, to be always willing to help them and to pray for them.

As Aaron and Hur upheld the arms of Moses in the heat of the battle, so may we ever uphold the arms of those you have appointed to lead us.

Fill our leaders with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Let them walk worthy of you, Lord, pleasing you by being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of you daily. Let them be strengthened with all might according to all patience and longsuffering (endurance) with joyfulness.

Multiply your grace and peace unto them through the knowledge of God and Jesus, our Lord, May they be esteemed by you because they have humble and contrite hearts and tremble at your Word.

Release your righteousness, peace and joy into their lives. Let your kingdom come and your will be done in them as it is in heaven. Bless them and fill them with your Spirit, Lord. Lead them in the way of escape from every temptation. Keep their lives holy and pure before you. Protect them and their loved ones from the evil one.

Prosper them and give them health, Lord. Bless them financially. Give them helpers who are full of the Spirit and wisdom to which they can delegate needed duties, so that they can give themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.

Grant them the joy of having every member of their families saved and healthy. Bless their family life with special love and harmony.

Lord, I pray that they always remember you, their first love. May they nurture that love relationship and grow closer and closer to you.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

References:  Ephesians 4:14,15; Jeremiah 23:1,4; Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 18:11-14; Exodus 17:10-13; Colossians 1:9-13; 2 Peter 1:2, 16; Isaiah 66:2; Romans 14:17; Matthew 6:10,13; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Cori. 10:13; 1 John 3:3; 3 John 2; Acts 6:3,4; Revelation 2:4 James 4:8;