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By Jim Gerhold
Christian Life Center 

Three important ways to help your pastor in 2013

 


As a pastor, I appreciate words of encouragement, like, “your the best,” “your sermon was right on today,” or even “thanks for being there for me.” Hearing these great words of support, confidence, and fortification are priceless. Every pastor or minister enjoys these heartfelt words and it is energizing to us. However, there are three distinctive prayer essentials that you can do that pushes us over the top as clergy. All three of them deal in the area of prayer.

First, pray for their spiritual protection. Even Jesus was attacked by the devil. Three times Matthew records Satan approached Jesus trying to tempt and trip Him up. All three times Jesus was spiritually strong even when His physical body was weak. Jesus had just came in from a forty day fast and His spiritual enemy was ready for Him. Jesus in human form eluded the three temptations. Our ministers are sometimes weary and tired from ministering to “The Saints.” Ministers are tempted just like you are in situations regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome. Part of your responsibility is to keep them at the top of your prayer list as they are there to serve you and need to be at peak 24/7. When Herod imprisoned Peter, according to Phil1:19, “constant prayer was offered for him by the church.” Peter was delivered.

Second, pray for them to have wisdom in knowing how to reach your community. Matthew gives us a distinctive of “going into all the world” to share the “Good News” of His love. Your pastor needs wisdom and guidance from God to know the direction your church should go in order to facilitate this “great commission.” Although God has called us all to be “witnesses,” your minister is usually the one to challenge their congregation to action. Spend time in prayer asking God to open doors and give opportunities for your pastor to lead your church into the quest of reaching the lost.

Last but not least! Pray for your minister to have and anointing and power when they preach the Word. Ephesians 6:19, Paul writes to the church in Ephesus asking them to pray for him for this very reason. That every time he would speak, he would speak “boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.” As a pastor, I have the awesome responsibility to preach “truth” in a life-changing way. I take that very seriously and my directive in my heart is that every message be challenging and uplifting to my congregation. I need wisdom, understanding, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Your pastor needs you to pray for them to have just that each time they step into the pulpit. So, you play am important part in your minister’s life by your prayers. I challenge you to take your role seriously as a member of a church body.

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