Prayer is another basic step as you think about pastoral ministry. If you haven’t prayed much before or you aren’t sure what to pray about, now is a good time to learn! The Bible provides examples of how to pray. Let’s look at two places in the Bible that help you pray about God’s direction for your life.
The first is Psalm 25:4-5. It contains several requests about knowing what God wants you to do. You can adopt these words or rephrase them in your own way. Express them to God in prayer.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
The second is Colossians 1:9-10. Paul prayed this for other people. You can pray it for yourself.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
God isn’t hiding His will from you! If He wants you to be a pastor or in a similar ministry vocation, He will make it clear to you. These prayers communicate to Him that you are open to His direction in your life and you are eager for Him to show you. As David said in Psalm 25:9, He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Here’s one more basic step you can take.