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The highly successful London Pastor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was once asked, “What is the secret of your great influence?” Spurgeon replied, “My congregation prays for me.” How often do you pray for your Pastor? How specifically do you pray for your Pastor? Do you pray for his spiritual growth? Do you pray for his time management? Do you pray for his sermon preparation and delivery? Do you pray for his counseling sessions? Do you pray for his hospital visits? Do you pray for his community relationships and influence? Do you pray for his family? Do you pray for his accountability? Do you pray for his resistance of Satan? The list goes on. The Internet is full of articles on “How to” pray for your Pastor, including scriptures to use. My question is, do you? Knowing how is not enough. In his Pastoral letters, Paul asked for prayer (Eph. 6:18-19 and elsewhere). So when should you pray for your Pastor: Saturday nights when Satan attempts to rob sleep; Sunday mornings when the congregation must be faced and fed; Monday mornings when the adrenalin rush is over and vulnerability sets in; any other time God brings the Pastor to your mind. It was Spurgeon who also said, “A prayerless church member is a hindrance. He is in the body like a rotting bone or a decayed tooth. Before long, since he does not contribute to the benefit of his brethren, he will become a danger and a sorrow to them. Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.” So get busy this week, praying for your Pastor.

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Comment by Dan R. Crawford on October 4, 2011 at 4:24pm
I'm honored that you would use my comments with members of your prayer ministry.
Comment by Rev. Joan Lomax on October 4, 2011 at 4:04pm
I am delighted about the comments posted by Dan R. Crawford. I am planning to send the comments to all the members of our Prayer Ministry and others who are developing prayer ministry. Sometime we need to reminded about all those who are on the battle field for the Kindgdom..  Also, we still have people that do not have computers or  do not have the desire to learn about computers.
Comment by Dan R. Crawford on October 4, 2011 at 11:29am
Kimberly, bless your heart. I wish every Pastor had several members like you.
Comment by Kimberly Arnold on October 4, 2011 at 11:21am
I felt drawn to make an appointment with my pastor for the purpose of asking how I can support him in prayer for the fulfillment of the vision God has given to him for our church.  He was like a kid in a candy store - I ended up with a whole page of notes.  I now feel I can pray in harmony with him, not at cross-purposes.  Also, since I made the time to hear his needs, I think he will be a bit more receptive to anything the Lord may want to say through me.  These men are on the front lines, and by extension so are their families - they are in desperate need of our prayers.
Comment by ANTHONY HUBBARD on October 4, 2011 at 10:54am
pastors are the everyday examples of JESUS heart there are great shepards out there so we should do all we can to let them know we hear and obey their leading us as sheep in GOD `s pastures and i agree with this article 100% GOD bless every Pastor with 3 john 2 until THE CHIEF SHEPERD comes for all the flock of GOD amen....
Comment by Paul "Mike" Kadow on September 27, 2011 at 11:01am
Yes and Yes, very well said!
Comment by Paul "Mike" Kadow on September 26, 2011 at 9:54am
Yes, we all need to be praying for our Pastor, I could not agree more!

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