The Release of The SPIRIT
Pastors and Staff
Buoy Your Pastor
I came across this devotional on how to pray for me, your Pastor. Most of the time you never know the struggle, heartache, and joy that comes with pastoring. Please read this and stand with Cheryl and I daily praying for GOD to lead us, help us, and strengthen us as we serve you. Pastor Tim
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. (Hebrews 13:17)
More than likely, this is a verse your pastor may feel awkward preaching. Yet that does not minimize its truth. One way to submit to your pastor’s leadership and make it a joy for him or her is to pray for your pastor. There were many times when as a pastor I felt “buoyed up” with a power and composure for which I could not account. I would consciously feel that people were praying for me, and it made a tangible difference.
A pastor’s job is quite complex. He or she wears at least five hats at a time—pastoral care-giver, preacher/teacher, business manager, organizational leader, and problem solver. Your pastor probably does not get paid what the corporate world pays for that level of leadership skill, but your prayers can make the difference!
Prayer is like a protective shield around your pastor and his or her family. When a church begins to move forward and reach outside its walls, the pastors and their families take the brunt of the spiritual warfare that comes against the church. In two of the great churches I pastored, an average of a hundred men volunteered to be my personal prayer partners. They picked a day of the week to pray specifically for me, and they prayed in teams once a month each through one of the Sunday morning services. Every day of the week and every Sunday morning when I preached, I was covered in prayer.
It is easy to complain about what your pastor does or does not do. Put yourself in a different place today and spend your time and words praying for your pastor. This is your chance to buoy him or her up and add joy to the work.
Pray the Scriptures:
Ephesians 6:19, 20
Hebrews 13:7, 17
Pray for clarity of mind as your pastor balances the many priorities of the church. Ask God to protect your pastor and his or her family from spiritual attacks. Join others in the church as prayer partners for your pastoral staff.
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. (Hebrews 13:7)”