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Many do not understand it, but the burden of leadership is always a heavy one. Therefore, there is no greater gift that any parishioner can give their pastor than the gift of prayer. If you have wondered how to pray for your pastor let us share with you a few ideas.
Pray that he will:
Put God First
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment.
– Matthew 22:36-38
Your pastor is just like you. He has a plethora of things that push against his priorities every single day. He will be tempted to give into many of those competing agendas.
Pray specifically that your pastor will nurture his relationship with his Heavenly Father. That it will be a relationship filled with intimacy and consistency. That he will work to know the heart of God and he will strive to be transparent in the presence of God. Seeking to confess and repent of his sins and seeking wise counsel to be a better man. Continue reading
A dozen ministry leaders from various churches were sitting in an expensive restaurant. They had gathered to dine and decide who would be the keynote speaker at an upcoming Dynamic Leadership Conference.
After discussing the size of their congregations and various ministry accomplishments there was quite a bit of tension because some desperately wanted their own time in the spotlight. Suddenly all of their cell phones rang at the same time.
None of their phones showed the incoming phone number, all it said on their screens was “I Am”. After looking at each other, the minister of the smallest church nervously answered the call, changed his phone to speaker mode and laid it on the table.
The voice of a stranger though somewhat familiar to a few of them said “in the world’s systems, those in power set themselves up over the powerless. It should not be that way with you. I will send a humble child who knows my heart to be the keynote speaker. You who are listening to my voice will clean the convention center after the crowd leaves.
Because, I oppose the proud but I give grace to the humble.”
Questions For Consideration
1. Have you ever let your ego get in the way of what is most important?
2. What are some ways to overcome our natural desire to be in charge?
3. If humility was a top priority in the church, what difference would that make in our relationship with society?
Written by Tom Wise
. Copyright Finding Wonder 2013