Have You Prayed for or Encouraged Your Pastor Today?

From Thabiti Anyabwile (HT: Justin Taylor)

Hey, have you prayed for or encouraged your pastor today? At the risk of sounding self-serving, could I suggest that every Christian church member consider one of their main ministries the ministry of encouragement for their pastors and elders. I received an email from one brother stating that he knew of over 20 pastors leaving the pastorate in one region of the U.S. I’ve had opportunity to interact with at least three pastors experiencing deep struggle. That doesn’t include the normal battles for encouragement, joy, and perseverance that are just normal to pastoral ministry. So, have you prayed for your pastor(s) today?

For some the answer is to this question is usually, “Yes,” for which your pastor (and I) humbly say, “Thank you” and quietly thank God for sending you to pray for us.

For others the answer is usually, “No,” because it’s always easier to criticize than to pray and trust God.

So whoever your pastor is (whether me or someone else), stop what you’re doing, right now, and pray for him. Then, make it a habit to do that every day, no matter what. After that, find something you can do this week to encourage him in his ministry. (Someone encouraged me just today, and they have no idea what their encouragement meant to me.)

Your pastor may never know you how much you pray for him, but I am certain that God will bless his servant as a result and he will use that servant and your prayer to bring glory to Himself.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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