Day 16- Joy in Ministry

Series: 31 Prayers for Pastors 

by Staff October 16, 2022

“Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!”
– Psalm 100:2

Day 16 – Joy in Ministry

Jesus Christ overflows with joy. So much, in fact, that He desires the fullness of His joy to be in us and fill us! In all we do, we should be motivated and moved by the joy that is in Jesus, delighting in nothing less than His very pleasure. And just as God delights in a cheerful giver, I believe God delights in us when we do everything we do with a joy that is rooted in the gospel. Imaging God with our lives, in part, means living in fullness of joy.

This is true for those in ministry as well. Pastors were not meant to pursue their calling begrudgingly, but with deep joy. While many may go through seasons of hardship and challenge, God is always at work to delight our hearts in the gospel.

As your pray for your pastor today, consider praying for him in these ways:

  • That no matter the circumstance today, God would fill him with inexpressible joy
  • That his joy would not be in worldly success, but in gospel faithfulness
  • That God would remind him of His own excellencies, causing his soul to rejoice
  • That the gospel would be the greatest joy in your pastor’s heart
  • That God would give a renewed joy in the task of pastoring

Prayer Prompt

Lord, I pray that my pastor (for a church member)/ I (as a pastor) would be filled with your own joy. Remind him of all that you delight in, and allow his heart to rejoice in nothing less than Christ and His gospel. Though there be many temptations each day to find his joy in lesser things or find a lack of joy due to circumstances, would you be quick to remind him that there is no greater joy than experiencing the fullness of life in your Son, and allow Him to minister out of an abundance of this joy…

*These prayers are a part of our series of prayers for pastors during Pastor Appreciation Month. A new prayer will release every morning throughout the month for pastors and their members to reflect on and pray.

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