“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Hebrew 10:24 – 25
Lord, sometimes I just don’t know how he does it. How does our pastor go on in faith, preaching the Word every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night to an unfaithful congregation? And, Lord, I am the worst. I make all excuses. Sunday morning is great for sitting out on the porch drinking coffee, Sunday night is usually when family comes over, and Wednesday night, well, after a long day at work I just don’t feel like it.
First, before I can pray for my pastor, I have to ask for Your forgiveness. Help me to remember that as the spiritual battle roars in my world, I am not exempt and just as You said in your word, I need the encouragement of my church family to keep my spiritual armor honed and ready. “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” Revelation 12:11. Father God, give our pastor the faithfulness to your Word in a way that reminds us that as a body of Christ, we are all one unit and that through each other’s testimony, we will conquer evil.
I ask, Father God, that my pastor would be an encouragement to the body of believers to be faithful in love and good deeds in the community and that our church would be a lighthouse to the lost. I ask that as he travels to hospitals, nursing homes and wherever he is called, that You give him a fresh dose of strength and vision for each day’s events. Let him never grow weary of doing good and give him the words that we need to hear to bring us to a desire to serve. I pray for his staff, that they are seeing the same vision for reaching out to the lost, the hurting, and the community at large. Help them to follow our pastor’s example of love and dedication to the people of God.
I pray, Lord, that corporate worship and learning – Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, special events – would be the highlight of our week as our pastor brings a fresh word from You. And I thank You for answered prayer, in Jesus’ Name.