The New Testament states the need for prayer for those in ministry in many places and gives many examples demonstrating that need. Drawing from these statements, I have compiled the following list of how we can pray for the next generation of preachers.
Beg God to call many of them into the spiritual harvest and give them a burden for lost souls (Matt. 9:37–38).
Pray that their love may abound more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Phil. 1:9; 1 Thess. 3:12).
Request that they will approve what is best in ministry and in life by being holy (Phil. 1:10; 1 Thess. 3:13).
Pray that they will have greater wisdom (Eph. 1:17), knowledge of His will (Col. 1:9) and spiritual understanding (Col. 1:9).
Plead that they may continue full of hope about their calling and inheritance in eternity (Eph. 1:18).
Ask God to give them strength and resurrection power in their lives and ministries (Eph. 1:19; Col. 1:11).
Pray that they may walk worthy of the Lord by bearing much fruit through godly works and increasing in the knowledge of God (Phil. 1:11; Col. 1:10).
8. Effective Preaching
Ask that the Word preached by them would have great effect (have “free course” or “run freely”) and be magnified in its influence (“be glorified”) (2 Thess. 3:2).
9. Example of Godliness
Request that they would attain to and retain the dispositional and behavioral qualities of a true spiritual leader (1 Tim. 3:1–7; Titus 1:6–9; 2 Tim. 2:1; 1 Pet. 5:3).
Pray that they will be filled with thanksgiving always to the Father for their calling and rich opportunities of service (Col. 1:12; 1 Thess. 5:18).