”3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife… He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”
– 1 Timothy 3:1-2,4-5
Day 26 – Pastoral Family
There are a lot of pressures placed on the pastor’s wife and his children. While the wife may have partnered together with her husband to pursue a life of serving the church, there still can be a number of struggles for her in that calling. Same can be said for pastor’s kids.
Barnabas Piper in his book The Pastor’s Kid wrote “The life of a PK is complex, occasionally messy, often frustrating, and sometimes downright maddening. It can be a curse and a bane. But being a PK can also be a profound blessing and provide wonderful grounding for a godly life.”
He’s exactly right for children and even a pastor’s wife. As we consider praying for our pastors, let’s pray for his family too in some of these ways:
- Trust in the Lord as they participate in the calling the Lord has given husband/father
- Recognition of the blessing of being in and around the work of the Lord in and through His church
- Endurance and hope in the seasons of hardship and uncertainty
Lord, I pray that my pastor (for a church member)/ I (as a pastor) his wife and family will not grow weary in the calling you’ve given him. As a pastor’s family, may they experience your grace and mercy in seasons of uncertainty, stress, and hardship. Let their be a recognition of your blessings in this calling and a community of believers who give grace…
*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.