The average Christian thinks the pastor works 2 days a week. The Pastor shows up to preach on Sunday and then shows up to bring a midweek Bible study and that’s it! That is absolutely not the case. I have heard it said that the ministry is not a job, it is a lifestyle. The pastor is on call 24/7. At any moment, the Pastor can be called upon to minister to a need.
I have had the privilege to be my Pastor’s assistant and stand by his side through many of the daily struggles, battles, and challenges he has faced. There are days that are full of bad news and there are other days where there is great rejoicing. Every day, a Pastor faces different challenges from his enemies, church members, temptation, and the adversary (the devil).
If anyone needs prayer, it is the men who pastor our local churches! How often do you pray for your Pastor?
As Paul was writing his letter to the Romans, he asked them to pray for him:
“Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”- Romans 15:30-33
I believe. it is everyone’s duty to either be a Pastor or to help a Pastor. Paul asked the Romans to pray for him. How much more do we, as Christians, need to pray for and hold up the arms for our Pastors? As I have stood alongside my pastor, I have noticed seven areas in which our Pastor needs prayer.
“Start a fire in the pulpit and people will come watch it burn!” I’m afraid the reason that many of our churches are cold spiritually is because there is no fire in the pulpit! Pray for your Pastor that God will burn a fire in his heart to preach the Word with boldness!
“And he began to speak BOLDLY in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.”- Acts 18:26
The Devil would love nothing more than to destroy a Pastor’s family. I have heard too many stories of men of God having to step down from the Pastorate due to family issues and circumstances. What good is it to build the world’s largest church and lose your own family? We have a duty to pray for the family of our Pastor because there is a real Devil who wants to destroy the man of God.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”- 1 Peter 5:8
The Pastor must have faith! With all of the distractions and fiery darts from the Devil, the Pastor, at times, can lose faith. Yes, even a pastor can lose faith. The men and women who support their Pastor should encourage him and give him hope to help build his faith! Pray that your Pastor stays strong in the faith!
“But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”- Hebrews 11:6
Your Pastor’s fence fell down in his backyard and needs help putting it back up? No. The hedge about him! Pray for his protection. Protection of his health, safe travels, false doctrine, Satan, etc.
“The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.” –Proverbs 21:31
It is sad that even among preachers, there can be a spirit of competition and pride. “My church is bigger than your church” mentality is alive and well among many pastors and preachers. Pray that your pastor does not fall into this snare and that he has friends that will encourage him in the Lord.
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”- Proverbs 27:17
Finances can be stressful to anyone, especially to a Pastor who has a vision but is weighed down by the financial condition of a church. Pray that the Lord will give him wisdom and understanding of the church finances, as well as his personal finances. Money has a way of getting your focus off of the main thing.
Your Pastor has a vision. Your Pastor has goals he would like to see met. Pray that your Pastor can reach those goals he has planned for the future. I have heard it said, “Death is near when memories from the past proceed vision for the future.” How sad it is that many Pastors will get caught up on victories from yesterday and fail to plan for the future.
God gives every church a Pastor. You can measure the greatness of a church based on how the membership prays for their shepherd. Let me encourage you to do like Aaron and Hur and lift up your Pastor’s arms daily in prayer!
Music Director, Pastor’s Assistant, and Bus Captain at Temple Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. Host of a Bible study and the “Let’s Be Real” podcast.
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