PASTORS NEED PRAYER TOO
Pray that your pastor will keep his eyes on the Lord and serve with singleness of heart and will not become conceited over success or depressed by failure. Pray he will remember that Christians “march to a different drum” … that our value system is different from that of the world.
Pray that your pastor will know how to deal with his own frustrations, with the lack of gifts or financial resources, with well-meaning but stubborn people in his congregation … that he will be patient with himself and others as he fulfills his varied responsibilities … that God’s love will be shown in all his relationships … that he will know the love and support of those he must serve.
Pray that your pastor will find real joy in his ministry in spite of spiritual struggles and problems (cf. John 16:24; 17;13). Joy is one of the significant hallmarks of the Christian – joy, great joy and peace, in the midst of and despite all circumstances (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:7-18, James 1:2-4,1 Peter 1: 6-9).
Pray for your pastor’s continual health … and if sick, that his health will be restored in God’s good time. Intercede, also, for safety as he travels.
Pray that he will resist moral temptation … that his words, his actions and especially his thought life will set a Godly example, and not pave the way for him and others to fall into immorality.
Pray that your pastor will keep a teachable spirit…that he will have the grace to receive criticism and profit by it…that he will have a servant’s heart… that he will cultivate true humility in his walk, depending on God, not upon his education or personality…that he will learn both from his successes and his failures and give God the glory in all things. Amen.
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