31 Days of Prayer for Pastor Brandon

Used and adapted with permission from Revive Our Hearts

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“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,

it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name,

there am I with them.” 

Matthew 18:19

 
 

Brothers, pray for us. ~1 Thessalonians 5:25

Let the thought sink deep into the heart of every church, that their minister will be such a minister as their prayers make him. . . How perilous is the condition of that minister . . . whose heart is not encouraged, whose hands are not strengthened, and who is not upheld by the prayers of his people! . . .It is at a fearful expense that ministers are ever allowed to enter the pulpit without being preceded, accompanied, and followed by the earnest prayers of the churches. It is no marvel that the pulpit is so powerless, and ministers so often disheartened when there are so few to hold up their hands. . . . When the churches cease to pray for ministers, ministers will no longer be a blessing to the churches.” ~Gardiner Spring (1785–1873)

There is no greater gift we can give our pastor and the spiritual leaders of our church than to pray for them.

Pastors cannot win the battle alone; they need committed intercessors to lift them up in fervent, specific prayer. Imagine how the power of God might be released in our church if we were to pray faithfully for our pastor.

Pastors are human—they face the same challenges that their people do, with some additional ones! They grow tired in ministry, are tempted to sin, and may find it difficult to balance their many roles and responsibilities. They need the encouragement and support of those they lead.

Prayer for Pastor Brandon is crucial to his spiritual and physical health, his family, and Christ Community Church. God will reward our efforts to cover Brandon and his family in prayer.

If you want to encourage Brandon (and Beth!), let him know you are praying. Be attentive to specific prayer needs, and assure them that you will hold them in prayer.

The following prayer guide and accompanying scriptures suggest practical ways to pray for Brandon as our new spiritual leader. Please pray each day throughout June as specified.

 

June 1: thanksgiving

Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!                                                          2 Corinthians 9:15

Scripture Reading: Psalm 100:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 9:15

Let us begin by offering thanks to God. Many months ago, our congregation began praying for God’s guidance in our search for a new pastor. We have prayed for patience as we waited on God. We have prayed that He would prepare the individual He intended to fill that position. We have prayed that He would prepare us. He has answered all of those prayers and so many more. God is good...all the time. He has been especially good to us throughout the search process.

June 2: The Greatest Commandment

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.                                                         —Deuteronomy 6:5

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 6:33

Pray that Pastor Brandon will love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. Pray that God’s Spirit will work in his heart in power and that he will value and follow Biblical priorities.

June 3: Strong Character and Integrity

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.                                                                  —1 Timothy 1:5

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:5, 3:7; Ephesians 6:10–12

Pray that Pastor Brandon will continue to cultivate strong character and uncompromising integrity. Pray that his testimony will be genuine and that he will never do anything that he would need to hide from others.

June 4: Pursuing Jesus

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.                                                                                — 2 Timothy 2:15

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:35; 2 Timothy 2:15–16

Pray for Brandon’s personal walk with God—that his soul and spirit will be nourished and strengthened in his quiet time with God, beyond his sermon preparation. Pray that he will spend more time in the Word of God than reading Christian books and articles.

June 5: Growing in Discernment

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.                                          —James 1:5

Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:7; James 1:5–6; John 17:15

Pray that Pastor Brandon will counsel and teach with discernment through the wise use of Scripture and faith in God’s power to work. Pray that he will be protected from the effects of sinful or negative attitudes that he may encounter as he counsels.

June 6: A Strong Marriage

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.                                                                               —Ephesians 5:25

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:23–33

Ask God to protect Brandon and Beth’s marriage and keep it strong as a model of Christ’s relationship with the Church. Pray that Brandon and Beth will tenderly cherish, respect, and encourage each other.

June 7: Healing and Joy

To grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit.                     —Isaiah 61:3

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:3

Ask God to heal any hurts that Brandon and Beth have suffered. Pray that they will serve the Lord with gladness and encourage the congregation to worship God with a joyful, surrendered spirit.

June 8: A Strong Family

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.                                           —Ephesians 6:4

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:20–21

Praise God for Brandon and Beth's children. Pray for Maggie and Bodie; pray especially that the pressures of the ministry will not discourage or embitter them as they grow up. Pray that Brandon will provide Godly leadership in the home, not based on fear of what others will think, but according to scriptural truth.

June 9: Protection from Evil

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.                                                     —Psalm 91:9–10

Scripture Reading: John 17:15; Isaiah 54:17; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Peter 3:12; Psalm 9:9–10, 91:9–11

Ask God to protect Brandon and his family from the evil plots of Satan. Pray that he will be protected as he rubs shoulders with the world in the course of ministry.

June 10: Tending the Prayer Hedges

So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.                                     —Matthew 19:6

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:30; 2 Corinthians 10:4–5; Matthew 19:6

Pray that God will build a hedge of protection around Brandon and Beth’s marriage and that they will be aware of the potential for any improper relationships. Pray that their family time will be protected.

June 11: A Guarded Heart

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.                                                  —Ephesians 6:10–11

Scripture Reading: Romans 13:14; 1 Peter 1:16; Ephesians 6:10–18; 2 Corinthians 10:4

Pray that Brandon will use discernment in use of email, the Internet, and other media.Ask God to guard his heart concerning the use of free time. Pray that he will be morally pure and that he will wear the armor of God so that he will not fall into temptation of any kind.

June 12: Deep Friendships

But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.                                                        —Philippians 2:22

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:19–25

Pray that God will bring godly friends and encouragers to Brandon and his family to strengthen them for the ministry. Ask God to provide them with meaningful fellowship and times of rest.

June 13: Growing in Humility

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?                                                                      —Micah 6:8

Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8; Galatians 6:14; John 7:17–18; 1 Corinthians 10:1–13

Pray that Brandon will be humble and authentic in his faith, not given to pride or hypocrisy. Pray that he will have pure motives and give God glory for every gain or victory.

June 14: Keeping a Balanced Life

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.                           —1 Corinthians 9:27

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1–2; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20, 9:27

Pray that Pastor Brandon will make wise lifestyle choices in order to protect his health, especially in the areas of exercise, eating correctly, and getting sufficient rest. Pray for times of relaxation and renewal to balance the stress of ministry. Pray for health for the entire Goad family.

June 15: Fearing God

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.                                                                               —2 Timothy 2:15

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:4, Proverbs 19:23; 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:1–2; Hebrews 11:6

Pray that Brandon will focus on the Word of God and walk in the fear of the Lord—rather than fear of people—as he prepares his messages. Pray that he will seek to please God rather than people and pursue holiness rather than the praise of people.

June 16: Leading as a Shepherd

Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly.                                 —1 Peter 5:2

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:9; 1 Peter 5:2; Romans 12:6–8; Jeremiah 3:15

Praise God for Brandon’s leadership and pray that he will make Godly decisions. Pray that he will lead with a shepherd’s heart and that he will always speak the truth in love.

June 17: Courageous Preaching

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.         —Colossians 1:28

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:28, 4:3; Ephesians 6:19

Pray that Pastor Brandon will be courageous in the pulpit in proclaiming Christ and confident in his use of the Word of God. Ask God to help him preach with insight, transparency, and humility.

June 18: The Great Commission

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’                    —Romans 10:15

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:15; Matthew 28:19–20; Luke 19:10

Praise God that Pastor Brandon is a “Great Commission man”—committed to personal evangelism and the equipping of the saints to seek the lost. Pray that he will continue to have a heart to develop relationships that lead to a thriving missions program in our church.

June 19: Prayer and Worship

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.                    —Mark 1:35

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Acts 1:14; Mark 1:35

Pray that Brandon will be a man of prayer and worship and that he will lead by example—teaching the congregation how to walk in a close relationship with the Father.

June 20: Using Time Wisely

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.                           —Ephesians 5:15–16

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15–16; Colossians 4:5; Psalm 90:12; John 9:4

Pray that Brandon will use wise time management and that he will seek God’s perspective for his schedule, guarding his time against unnecessary interruptions. Also pray that he will have sufficient time with his family.

June 21: A Fresh Anointing

For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me.                                                                    —Romans 15:18

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 15:18–19

Pray for a fresh, divine anointing on Brandon’s ministry. Pray that God’s working will be powerfully evident both in his personal life and the spiritual life of Christ Community Church.

June 22: Trusting God in Conflict

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.                                                                        —1 Peter 2:23

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:23

Pray that Brandon will not give in to discouragement, but will deal with the inevitable criticism and conflict that accompanies ministry by committing himself into the hands of God, who judges righteously.

June 23: A Servant’s Heart

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.                            —Mark 10:43–44

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 6:7; Mark 10:43–45; John 13:5–9; Philippians 2:3–4

Pray that Pastor Brandon will practice servant leadership, edifying the congregation with wisdom and serving with God’s agape love.

 

June 24: Congregational Unity

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual up-building.                    —Romans 14:19

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:18; 14:19; 1 Corinthians 1:10–31

Pray for spiritual unity at Christ Community Church, especially in the church staff and among church leadership (elders, deacons, etc.). Pray that the enemy will not be allowed to create divisions, strife, or misunderstanding within the church.

June 25: Clear, Biblical Vision

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.                                                                    —Proverbs 29:18

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 29:18; John 15:16, 17:17

Pray that God will give Pastor Brandon a clear, Biblical vision of what our church can and should be for His glory, and that Brandon will communicate that vision clearly and confidently to the church. Pray that church leaders will be given a spirit of understanding of that vision.

June 26: A Heart for Revival

You who seek God, let your hearts revive.                                                                        —Psalm 69:32

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 69:32

Pray that Brandon, and those who lead Christ Community Church, will seek God for personal revival, as well as revival in our church and community.

June 27: The Mind of Christ

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.        —Colossians 2:6–7

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:16; Colossians 2:6–8; Ephesians 4:17

Pray that Pastor Brandon will think Biblically, with the mind of Christ. Lift up his relationship with Jesus so that he will be able to confidently share the Gospel with our church and community.

June 28: Seeking God’s Will

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.                                                                               —Luke 9:23–24

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Luke 9:23–24

Pray that Brandon will earnestly seek God’s will and be committed to instant and complete obedience—ready for God to work powerfully in and through his ministry.

June 29: Work Wholeheartedly

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.                                                                  —Colossians 3:23–24

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3; Colossians 3:23–24

Pray that Pastor Brandon will strive for personal excellence. Pray that he will trust God for all He wants to do in our congregation and community.

June 30: A Growing Faith

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. —Proverbs 3:5

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:18; Proverbs 3:5–6

Pray that Brandon and Beth will be people of faith and have a passionate love for God, without giving in to worries, fears, or an uptight and anxious spirit. Pray for Maggie and Bodie to experience a carefree childhood as they grow in their faith.

July 1: Financial Provision and Wisdom

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.                                                      —Philippians 4:19

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6–11; Psalm 37:25

Ask God to provide for Brandon and Beth’s financial needs. Pray that they will be wise stewards of both personal finances and church funds.

 

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Please continue to pray for pastor Brandon and Beth and their family daily, and encourage them in their work at Christ Community Church.

© Used and adapted with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com

All scripture is from the English Standard Version