by Sandy Kirby Quandt
How often do we pray for our pastors? Daily? Weekly? Rarely? Never?
Those God calls as shepherds over his flock have a big job. Hopefully, they preach the truth found in God’s Holy Word, encourage us, lead us, pray for us, correct us when necessary, plus a multitude of other things depending on the collective of believers they minister to and with. Things we often have no idea they do. And truthfully do not need to know they do.
Along with shepherding the members of their congregation, many also have families to raise and be there for.
If we consider the different people in the seats around us each week, there may be those whose personalities grate on us right along with personalities that mesh with ours.
Imagine what it must be like for a pastor. They come in contact with many of us throughout the week, not only during weekly worship time. If not in person, I believe it would be safe to say they receive phone calls or emails. Many of which I doubt are encouraging or uplifting.
Perhaps I’m being cynical. Perhaps all the words sent their way, and about them, are encouraging and uplifting. I’m not a pastor, nor am I married to one, so I don’t have firsthand insight. But I think I know a little bit about how people act. I know how I act.
We can be downright mean. Our default seems set on finding fault, questioning decisions made by leadership, being critical, and feeling slighted.
So I’m wondering … what would our churches look like if each person; everyone of us, committed to earnestly pray for our pastors daily?
Do you think it would make a difference not only in the life of our pastors, but in the life of our church, and yes, even in us?
What say ye, should we give it a go and find out?
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Finally, dear brothers, as I come to the end of this letter, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and triumph wherever it goes, winning converts everywhere as it did when it came to you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
I wish you well.
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