Pray for Your Pastor
Every believer should pray for the pastor or leader of their local church/assembly.
Paul coveted the prayer of the believers at Ephesus. "[Pray]", he said "...for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." Ephesians 6:19-20
Again Paul wrote by inspiration of God. 2Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Pray for your pastor in you own private prayers, in your family, and at church. Pray for God to give him holy boldness to preach the Gospel, and that he may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, those in the world, and those in the church, as he shepherds the flock.
Pray for God to give your pastor divine wisdom and love in all things. Pray that the needs of his family are met. You commit sin by not praying for your pastor. 1Samuel 12:23 ...God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you...
-David E. M. [copied, editted]
Editorial note by Mary Van Nattan:
In these last and perilous days, it is ever more urgent that we pray for our pastors and elders with much fervent prayer. James 5:16 ...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. The enemy is pressing the battle ever more sorely against the pastors of churches since through them he can reach the whole assembly. If the devil can get the pastor off doctrinally or to live a worldly life, then he will be more successful in getting the people of the assembly to do the same. Isaiah 24:2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest... Some may be tempted to say "Not my pastor, he's different." No pastor (or person) is so "different" that he cannot fall. We are all susceptible to the enticement of the flesh. 1Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
A Christian working for a power company was sent out to a remote desert place to make a repair for some customers. The place and people struck him odd and he suspected that they were into some kind of witchcraft. In the course of his work he managed to wander around a bit to see what he could see. He found a worship room. There was an altar with a bulletin board above it. Imagine his shock upon examining the board to discover the names of pastors from a fair sized area of Arizona! If you're not praying for your pastor, someone else may be!
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places...18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
2Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.Pray for your pastor!
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