“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[ they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Father, I bring my pastor to You for cleansing so that his light might shine through to all he reaches out to. I ask You, Lord, to cleanse him of self. Release him from any desire to seek undue recognition for himself.
I pray, Father, that others would see Jesus in my pastor and be drawn to Jesus, not the the human messenger. I pray that my pastor would always point people to God, who wrote the Word, and not to him as the vehicle that God is using to get the Word out.
I ask Father God, that my pastor would be cleansed of people pleasing. We are living in treacherous times, Lord, and we need a John the Baptist to lead us to Jesus. Let my pastor be that leader; not wearing fine clothes to please the people and saying words that he knows the people want to hear, but wearing the rough articles of clothing that come with the truth of Your Word and relaying the message that sin is sin and we all need forgiveness.
I ask, Lord Jesus, that our pastor would not be afraid to ask for help when he needs it. That he would use the guidelines that You gave Moses to surround himself with others to help serve the people. Just as you instructed the disciples, to separate the roles and work together. Lord, show him how to use the deacons and elders and others to serve the people so that he is free to study the Word and spend time with You, Lord.
Father, cleanse my pastor from complacency. Each time he baptizes, help him to not take this soul for granted, but to expect to see the Holy Spirit landing on top of each believer. And, Jesus, as he partakes of the communion that You set before us as an example, let him to taste the blood that You shed for us as he drinks the cup, and to feel Your body broken for us as he takes the bread.
God, cleanse us all to be of service to You.
In Jesus’ Name,