“If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.”
The one thing that pastors request from their congregation more than any other is prayer support.
The Nickel Prayer Defense is a simple way to remind men to pray for their pastor by name five times each week. A nickel is used as a tangible reminder to the men to pray. Each Sunday, when a man hands his pastor a nickel, it becomes a reminder of the prayers which have been lifted up on his behalf by the man who presents it.
If you have ever played, or even watched football you may have heard of the Nickel Defense. The concept of the Nickel Defense is a preventative form of defense. You are trying to keep the other team from scoring. You want to protect your end-zone so you take out a defensive lineman and put in an extra defensive back; giving you a defensive set with five, rather than four defensive backs. Hence the name, Nickel Defense.
Now, let’s use this idea of a Nickel Defense as a reminder for us to pray for our pastors. Take a nickel and keep it in your pocket to be reminded to pray for your pastor, by name, five times a week. Here is a sample of ways you can pray for him:
- To be protected from Satan
- To hear from God during his sermon preparation time
- That he would have the wisdom necessary to lead the church
- To be protected as he confronts challenging situations in the church and community
The bottom line is this…
- Lift him up in prayer, by name, five times during the week.
- Then, when you see him on Sunday, shake his hand, hand him the nickel, and tell him that you’ve been praying for him.
You are now on the Nickel Prayer Team and are defending your pastor with prayer. Our theme song for the Nickel Prayer Defense is John Fogerty’s song, Centerfield. Whenever you hear this line from the song, ‘Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today….’ you should be reminded that you are part of the Nickel Prayer Defense and you should to be praying for your pastor.
This is not a one time deal. You can and should do this every week. You can also use this strategy to pray for others. What would it look like if a father gave his children a Nickel each week as a reminder that he was praying for them by name?