I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf… – Paul, Romans 15:30
Based on the title of this post, you may think this to be a sad one, a pity party for pastors, or a cry for help. All of those things could be true, and probably will be in later posts in later years, but not today.
Something simple and holy has been going on, to my knowledge, since January 10th. Outside of my knowledge, this simple and holy thing could have been going on much longer. We’ve had the church open from 6:30-7:30am for prayer to encourage our members to develop a habit of praying in the mornings to set the table for the rest of their day.
So everyday except Sunday, I open the church, turn on the lamps, the music, open the scriptures, and begin to read. Moments later, a man in my church walks in, and does the same. And for 50-55 minutes, we read the scriptures and pray.
But at the 50 minute mark, this man comes over, and begins to pray for me; for encouragement, for wisdom, for grace, for love, and a multitude of other things. He asks God to bless me and keep me. He prays for my wife.
The point is this: I leave these meetings so encouraged and full of zeal for my home life and my ministry life; like I could slay a dragon or seize a castle.
I say this is simple because it is. It’s just a man praying for me.
And I say it’s holy because it is. It’s just a man praying for me.
I am blessed and thankful to be part of a church body that believes Godly leadership matters and expresses that belief through prayer, support, and encouragement. I’m prayed for by our elders every Sunday before I preach, in living rooms, and around kitchen tables. This is the kindness of the Lord.
Pray For Your Pastors
Pastors and elders are normal people. We have hard jobs, but it is likely members of our congregations have jobs as difficult or even more so than us. But still, we ask that you would strive together with us in prayer from 1 Peter 5.
Pray that we shepherd the flock of God among us.
Pray that we exercise oversight willingly, not under compulsion; eagerly and not for shameful gain.
Pray that we are clothed in humility and not arrogance.
Pray that we are sober minded and watchful.
Pray that we resist the devil.
Pray and thank God that, after we have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called us to eternal glory in Christ, will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us.