Your pastor can’t fly
SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Pastors are not superheroes who leap every tall problem and, with the greatest of ease, soar above the enemy’s attacks. They face hardship, experience pain and disappointment, and, like everyone else, rely on the Lord for His protection and deliverance.
Pastors and their families are targets. The enemy knows he can hinder the effectiveness and growth of a congregation if he can discourage, defeat or distract the pastor.
Thus, while the pastor guards the church’s spiritual health, the congregation has a responsibility to watch out for the pastor’s physical and emotional well-being.
In addition, through prayer, a congregation must also build a hedge of protection around the pastor and his family.
The apostle Paul recognized his need for the prayers of believers in Ephesians 6:19,20: “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (NIV).
Will you commit to praying for your pastor and his family every day in 2006? Put a note in your car, on the refrigerator or in your Bible as a reminder to pray for your pastor. Make it a part of your daily devotional time.
Your pastor may not be a superhero, but God made him your spiritual shepherd. Let him and his family know you are praying for them. Express your gratitude for their sacrifice and commitment with a gift or a card. Be a blessing to them this week.
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