A Prayer for a New Pastor

It was a joy for me to hear of the installation of Derek Miller as the Associate Pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church, DuBois, PA.  Grace is a new church in an area devoid of a Biblical, Reformed witness, and Derek is a solid man that will be a great addition to the church.  (By the way, I'll  be speaking at Grace Reformed on May 8th at their first annual True Spirituality conference.  Info can be found here.)

Bill Kriner, an elder at Grace Reformed, prayed the following prayer, a good model of prayer for any who pray faithfully for their pastors.

Father, we gather here together to witness and participate in this installation of Derek as Associate Pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church. We humbly acknowledge that this process was initiated by You alone and that we merely recognize and affirm this Your sovereign work. For this is Your Church called into being by You. We praise you and thank You that you have chosen Derek to be a shepherd of the flock of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church. We further acknowledge that only by Your grace and mercy can we fulfill the promises we have just made. May we be faithful in our prayers for Derek continually seeking grace for him to discharge his duties to Your glory and for the good of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church. May we be faithful in seeking to receive the Word of truth preached with meekness and love and submit to Derek in all matters of discipline. May we always be encouraging and supportive of Derek in his Gospel labor. May we be generous to him with time and treasure so that he may be free of worldly cares in order that he may equip the saints for the work of ministry, building the body of Christ in the unity of faith and the knowledge of You to full Christian maturity. Father, we are the most blessed of people, chosen by You to be a part of Your supernatural work on earth … Your Church. A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of Your own possession; all so that we may proclaim Your excellencies, You Who have called us out of darkness to Your marvelous light. May we be ever mindful of our status as Your people, bought by the blood of Your Son and empowered by the Holy Spirit. And, may this congregation and Derek be always faithful and obedient to You and Your Church by and through Your grace in the Name of the Lord for the sake of Your glory. In the precious Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.