I have a dear friend who is a Pastor. I have seen this Pastor give all he has to his church until it affected his physical health. He is but one man obediently following God’s command to care for and guide his flock. Sometimes he forgets to care for himself and thankfully his wife is there to remind him. What an amazing burden it must be when God calls one to be a Pastor. A gift, undoubtedly, but also maybe a burden.
I wonder how hard it is for Pastors to ask for prayer from those whom they have been called to lead? Do they regularly ask for prayers of encouragement?
Do Pastors believe it would appear a sign of weakness or an indicator of not truly being called into ministry if prayer was sought out by the leader of the congregation? If I speak only for myself I say, “I pray to Jesus this is not the case!”. As it says in first Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up…”. It does not say Pastors only encourage and build others up. This verse exhorts each of us to encourage and build others up.
Like most I am no theologian. My knowledge of Scripture is limited, but my ability to come before the thrown of God is secured by the same blood of Jesus as every other follower of Christ. Because of the shed blood of Christ I have both the ability and, dare I say, the obligation to stand in prayer for the Pastors of our time. There is no magic in what to pray; nothing this believer says is more powerful than any other believer. I think that the key here is to simply DO it. Simply commit to praying for our church leaders. Perhaps now more than ever Pastors need prayers of encouragement, strength and fortitude.
My challenge to you is pray for your Pastor. Ask him or her how you can best pray for their needs. Ask them how you can encourage them and then just DO it! I fully believe that only some are called to be Pastors. I also fully believe they are simply as human as you and I. I assume that they struggle with the day to day grind of life. Perhaps they become discouraged and question their calling. Let each of us do as the Word states in Hebrews 10:23-25 and “…let us consider how we may spur one another on…encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day (of judgement) approaching”.
“Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus bless all who are called to Pastor Your church. Encourage and refresh our Pastors in the Name of Jesus. Surround our Pastors with believers who will regularly ask to pray for them and who will encourage and build them up. Give Your chosen Pastors an extra measure of Your Presence and Peace. In Jesus’ Name lead our Pastors as they minister to Your church. In the Name of Jesus we pray. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner