DAY 12 - Pray For Your Pastor and Our Spiritual Leaders
Minister Linda Fielder
Word of Faith Southfield, MI
Welcome to the next day of 30 days of prayer. Today our focus is on praying for pastors and spiritual leaders. Our Scripture reference today is Ephesians chapter 3, verses 16-19. Let’s read that. “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Pastors are really important in the ministry. They are responsible for many things. The number one thing that they are responsible for is ministry and teaching of the Word. So without the pastor shepherding us and feeding us and giving us the Word, we would be lost. So we want to note that he has many responsibilities and one of the number one responsibilities is he is responsible for the souls of his flock – you and I. He stewards God’s glory in the church and before the community. His character, his reputation is to be a humble image. The moment a pastor makes a mistake, he is up on the butcher block. So we are always praying for our pastors because they are responsible for what they do, as well as what we do. So we want to remember that the devil goes around seeking whom he may devour. If he is able to devour a pastor, he not only damages and destroys that pastor, he destroys his ministry, he destroys his family, he destroys the very church that he pastors. So we want to understand and realize that our pastors carry unique pressures. For this reason of confidentiality, they can carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. They carry a lot of responsibilities and they bottle a lot of it on the inside. So what do we do to help our pastors? We have to remember to be able to pray for our pastors. The more we pray for our pastors, the more they are able to function and do what they are called to do – the more they are able to walk in the strength of the Lord and be able to care for the church – to care for the people – to care for the building – everything that goes on. They are able to do that and bless us with the Word because we are blessing them with praying for them. How do we pray for them? Yes, we do pray fervently for them but we also pray preemptively for them. When you pray preemptive, don’t wait till something happens to your pastor. Don’t wait until he is going through something. We are praying for him every day. Then, we are preemptively stopping all the attacks that the enemy may try to throw up on him. When the enemy is out seeking to devour him, he won’t be able to touch him because we, the body of Christ, are holding up our pastors and holding up our leaders in preemptive prayer. We are praying to cover them with the blood of Jesus.