Facts on Pastors and Prayer

Few job descriptions of pastors actually say, “Since one of the first priorities of the pastor is prayer, you shall pray daily for the congregation.” Most of my pastor friends get this, as do most church boards and leadership teams. However, what do we really expect in the prayer life of a pastor?

I recall hearing Dee Dukes several years ago explain his prayer time as part of his ministry to his congregation. He tells people, “I can spend an hour driving roundtrip to pray with you for 5 minutes when you’re in the hospital; or I can make better use of my time and not visit you, but spend 30 minutes in prayer for you. Which is more beneficial to you and a better use of my time?” I’ve not taken that as a hardline stance, and I don’t think he did either, but it does provide a shift in thinking.

I pray through the entire directory of our church family once a week to make sure I’m covering everyone in prayer. I’ll add “most weeks” as an addendum to that sentence to maintain integrity. Three out of four weeks I get through everyone. I pray for many other friends either every other week or at least once a month. This includes Grace Church friends back in Illinois, as well as college friends and other people who’ve ended up on my prayer list over the years. Family, close friends, pastor friends and our church leadership team get prayed for daily or at least multiple times per week. Some of my prayer time happens when I am out with the dog in the morning. Also in the shower, in the car, in my offices (home and church), in bed, in the rocking chair, or wherever else I can make time to pray.

If I’m not your pastor, and that’s just too bad for you, I’m pretty confident the pastor of the church you attend is likely praying for you. But, if you don’t think anyone prays for you, please let me know and I’ll add you to my prayer list.

One of the biggest blessings to my prayer life is knowing that many people are praying for ME and for my family. My personal prayer team gets a weekly (most weeks) prayer letter than includes requests for the church family, other staff members, and my personal requests. There are plenty of weeks when my knowledge of those dear saints praying for me is what gets me through.

So, here’s an infograph with statistics about pastors and their prayer life…

Posted: September 2, 2011 
Filed under: Deep Thoughts with Pastor Jeff, Leadership, Pastor Jeff, Prayer, Spiritual
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