bits from bob....
"Brethren, pray for us." (1 Thess. 5:25)
Paul asked the church in Thessalonica to pray for him. A simple request from a minister to those he served. In fact, you might think he should not have to ask it. Why wouldn't they pray for their minister?
Sadly, many people do not pray for their minister. One aspect of the minister's calling is to pray for his congregation, but we sometimes forget that the congregation needs to pray for its minister.
Why don't people pray for their minister? Sometimes we think he doesn't need our prayers. After all, he is the minister. He is strong, otherwise he would not be the leading the congregation. We must understand that he needs our prayers because he leads the congregation. Leading a church is not easy. Preaching on Sunday morning is only a small part of what ministers do. Depending on the minister and the needs of the specific situation, the minister counsels, disciples, visits hospital patients, visits prisoners, leads committees, and does other tasks too numerous to list. He needs our prayers to handle such great responsibilities.
We also fail to pray for our minister because we get so caught up in praying for ourselves. We come to God with our list of needs and wants saying, "Bless me, Lord." God wants to bless us, but he also wants us to ask him to bless others. We need to take our eyes off self, and focus also on the needs of others, including our minister.
The minister does so much for us. The least we can do for him is keep him in our prayers. Pray that he will have the anointing of the Holy Spirit on his preaching. Pray that he will have wisdom when counseling others. Pray that he will never forget why God called him into ministry. Pray that he will look to Christ as his example. Pray that he will not allow pride to be his downfall. Pray that he will deal with the hurting with gentleness and compassion. Pray that he will spend more time in the prayer closet than behind the pulpit. Pray that he will remember that ministry means serving.
If my devotionals minister to you, then please pray for me too.
From a fellow traveler just passing through,
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16)
* edited, from an article by Jason Mitchener
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