“The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” Mark 6:30-31
Lord, our pastor works hard to shepherd the flock that You have given him to oversee. I ask, Father, that he would recognize his need to get away to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit. I also ask, Lord, that we would recognize his need to get away for that rest. I ask that You would provide a place and the time for our pastor to get away at least once a week to do nothing but what he wants to do. Fishing, walking, music, even just a soothing, hot bath with no phone calls or outside interruptions. Just take care of him, Lord, and show him how to take care of himself.
I also pray that he would take an annual sabbatical from church responsibilities. That he and his family can get away together and just rekindle their family appreciation for each other. This is even more important as the family grows up and moves out of the home.
I pray, Lord, that our pastor would take advantage of conferences, retreats, or revivals where he can be fed from the teaching of other ministers. Help him to come away excited and refreshed by the things that he hears and experiences.
And Father, this is not just for our Senior Pastor, but for the supporting clergy as well. What a tremendous ministry they have in supporting our pastor and feeding the flock. And, just as Jesus said to the apostles, they need to “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”
And, Lord, I know that getting away costs money. Put it on the heart of the church to provide the finances for these getaways and to know that the money is being well spent in support of our pastor, clergy and their families.
In Jesus’ Name,