1 Timothy 3

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“The saying is trustworthy. If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.”

– 1 Timothy 3:1


God, we pray for pastors, elders, overseers to be above reproach, blameless in holiness, pure, not open to the charge of wrongdoing because they are watching their lives and doctrine closely. “The husbands of one wife,” God, may pastors, elders, overseers be absolutely, totally devoted to their wives, and loving their wives, and caring for, and serving, and laying down their lives for their wives in ways that are an example to every husband in the church. “Sober-minded,” we pray that they would be sober-minded, that they would have a solemnity, and seriousness, and self-control that governs their minds, hearts and lives. “Self-controlled, respectable,” may they be “hospitable, able to teach” your word and faithfully teaching your word. May they only teach your word, not their thoughts.

“Not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle,” we pray for gentleness in pastors, elders, overseers that overcomes anger. Particularly unrighteous anger or violence, that they would not be quarrelsome, but they would be humbly uniting your people. We pray that they would not love money. And we pray that they would spurn the pleasures and possessions of this world to live for what matters. That they would give sacrificially, that they would manage their households well with all dignity, keeping their children submissive.

Oh, God, we pray that you would help them to lead their households well. We pray you would cause their children to flourish in you in that household. God, we pray for their families, for your protection of their families in every way, that they might flourish under the leadership of pastors, elders, and overseers in their homes. Oh, we pray that they might not be recent converts or they “may become puffed up with conceit and fall in the condemnation of the devil.” God, we pray that pastors, elders, overseers would increasingly mature in their faith. As they grow in the likeness of Christ, that they would grow in humility, that they would not be puffed up with conceit, that they would be well thought of by outsiders.

God, we pray for favor among those in the community, those who don’t know Christ. We pray that people in our communities would see pastors, elders, overseers in the church and be drawn to Christ by what they see. We pray they may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. And we pray that you would keep pastors, elders, overseers from all the snares that the devil would like to use to entrap them. We pray all of these things for pastors, elders, overseers in our churches. So that the church would see in pastors, elders, overseers, a faithful representation of you. Jesus is the chief shepherd of our souls and the leader of our churches.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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