Pastors are on the front lines of spiritual battle. They need an abundance of prayer to survive and thrive. How much do you pray for pastors?
1 Thessalonians 5:25 “Brethren, pray for us.”
This verse is the cry of every pastor. They are keenly aware of their need for God.
Here are five reasons to pray fervently and often for your pastor.
1. Pastors represent God.
Wow. Think about that statement.
Pastors represent the Almighty Creator of the Universe in a community. They are the undershepherd of Jesus Christ leading local congregations. This high calling is a great privilege and a terrible responsibility.
A humble pastor knows that he is not worthy of the title. Yet, he accepts it in obedience to God’s call.
1 Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
1 Timothy 1:12 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;”
Only through God’s grace and intercessory prayer of others can a pastor hope to satisfy his high calling. (more…)
Affliction is defined as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution” in Webster’s 1828 dictionary. There is a big difference between the effects of short-term trials and long-term afflictions. Psalm 102 will help your faith to flourish during the most difficult times of life.
The Cry of the Afflicted
Psalm 102:1–2, 24
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me In the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: In the day when I call answer me speedily. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.”
Affliction causes us to cry out to the Lord. Where else can you go when your heart is breaking? (more…)
The righteous cry. The Lord hears. God states it as fact because it is a fact. The Lord hears your prayers! His boundless compassion is moved at your voice. His Father’s heart loves to deliver His children. Did you pray for deliverance today?
“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, And delivereth
them out of all their troubles.”
Deliverance! This is the goal of prayer. We pray because we need God to do something for us or someone else. We pray when we have a need that is beyond our ability. Truly, one of the crucial attributes of prevailing prayer is urgency. Desperation is a strong catalyst to pray. It is easy to pray fervently when the house is being foreclosed, the car is being repossessed, a devastating accusation has been leveled, the cupboards are bare, or a loved one is teetering between life and death. In these cases we cry out for deliverance with great passion and emotion because the need is so great. Rest in the fact that God is greater than any problem you will face. He can deliver you!
However, you need not wait until these terrible situations to ask God for deliverance. Truly, we need God desperately every day. Without Him we can do nothing! Without Him we cannot move or breath. Our very existence depends upon His gracious care.
The Lord can deliver us from ALL our troubles. Take your smallest needs to Him. Although you may not be aware of it, you need Him as much today as you would on your worst day. Do you understand how much you need God today? Pride tells us that we have life under control. We aren’t doing so bad. We deceive ourselves! Oh, how we need the touch of God every day! Walk with Him daily. Pray to Him in faith. Be desperate for His favor in your life. His deliverance will come. He may deliver you from the storm or He may give you peace in the midst of it. Either way you will know that there is a God in Heaven and that He has delivered you.
In Acts 9:11 we learn some powerful truths that will help us to pray powerfully and faithfully.
“And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,”
Prayer moves the heart of God. He is ever attentive to His children. A father’s ear is tuned to the voice of his children. He can recognize his child’s voice over the noise of a busy store or the clamor of many children playing together at a park. Our Heavenly Father has no trouble recognizing your voice in the midst of this world’s commotion. He loves it when you pray. He longs to hear your voice. He yearns to bear your burdens and fill you with peace. Have confidence that God can hear your prayer! Have confidence that God wields the power to answer your prayer according to His perfect will.
When we pray, our Almighty Father has many options to answer our prayers. In this verse, we see God’s ability to move other people as a direct result of our prayer. Saul of Tarsus (more…)
The Privilege of Prayer
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9
Have you considered what a privilege it is to pray to God? Too often we see prayer as something that we “must” do, or as a task, we have on a to-do list. Prayer is so much more! It is a great privilege!
Consider that in many of the world’s religions, access to a deity something to be earned. Some require a personal sacrifice of money, possession or hardship to get the “attention” of the deity. Some teach that they must go to a designated person or priest to get their prayers heard. Still, others teach that you must go to a specific place such as a church or temple for the god to hear. Some even require a sacrifice of blood for difficult requests!
Compare that to the privilege of Christian prayer. We have unfettered access to God Almighty through Jesus Christ. We can pray about anything, during any time, being anywhere and be heard by the Creator of the universe. This is a radical doctrine when compared to false religions! There are no hoops to jump through, no places to travel, no priest to consult.
When you were saved by faith in Jesus Christ, you were given a direct line to God. No voicemail, call waiting or answering service. Just God and you. God wants to hear from you today. He cares about the smallest details of your life. He wants to be the first person you speak to in the morning and the last person you speak to at night. He desires that you be connected to Him throughout the day in a spirit of unceasing prayer. Today, take your burdens to Him, and they will be lighter. Ask Him for the needs of this day, and you will receive them. Delight in the great privilege God has given you and pray!