Oh Father please . . .
Help me take heed to myself and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made me an overseer, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood! Acts 20:28
Help me to be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, gentle, and able to teach! Keep me from being given to wine, from being violent, from being greedy for money, from being quarrelsome, and from being covetous! Help me rule my own house well, having my children in submission with all reverence! Keep me from being puffed up with pride and falling into the same condemnation as the devil! Help me have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest I fall into reproach and the snare of the devil! 1 Timothy 3:2-7
Help me be a steward of God, not self-willed and not quick-tempered! Help me be hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, and self-controlled! Help me hold fast the faithful word as I have been taught, that I may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict! Titus 1:7-9
Help me shepherd the flock of God, and serve as an overseer, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly! Help me not lord my authority over those entrusted to me, but help me be an example to the flock! Help me so labor that when the Chief Shepherd appears, I will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away! 1 Peter 5:2-4
Help me watch out for the souls you have entrusted to me, as one who must give an account! Help me do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for those entrusted to me! Hebrews 13:17
Help me not have dominion over the faith of Your people, but help me be a worker for their joy! 2 Corinthians 1:24
Help me not cease to pray for Your people! May Your Church be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; may we walk worthy of You, fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You! May we be strengthened with all might, according to Your glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy! May we give thanks to You Who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light! Colossians 1:9-12
Help my love and Your Churchâ€™s love to abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that we may approve the things that are excellent, that we may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God! Philippians 1:9-11
Grant me and all Your Church, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with might through Your Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith; that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that we may be filled with all the fullness of You oh God! Ephesians 3:16-19
. . . For Jesusâ€™ sake – Amen!