Have you ever given any thought to how much our Pastors must study the Word of God in order to bring it correctly to us, not their interpretation, but God's? They must pray a great deal for wisdom and understanding. In this day and age, where our society has turned what is bad into good, and what is good into bad, we need our Pastors to preach on God's truth more than ever. We have let so many of God's laws become 'old fashioned' and think that they don't apply to us in the new millennium. Many Pastors have overlooked preaching about tithes or homosexuality or abortion because they are not sure how the congregation may take it. My thought is that they should take it in the way God said it and that it should be preached that way.
Let's pray for our Pastors and Intercessors that they truly do God's will for His purpose, to fulfill a desire in their heart to please and serve Him. And let's pray for ourselves, for each other, that our love for Jesus continues to grow.
Dear Father in Heaven,
Please bring courage, steadfastness, and peace of heart to my Pastor as he preaches and teaches. Guide him in Your ways. Give him boldness as he attends to Your message! Father, give him ears to hear and an understanding of the words You have placed in his heart for us, so that he may relay Your words without misunderstanding.
Let him remember that his steps are ordered by You, dear Lord! Father, please open the ears and eyes and hearts of our congregation that we may hear Your word told to us through our Pastor, a man of great faith.
Let us not be offended by Your message. Let us remember that we are the created, and You, Lord God Almighty, are the Creator. It is our pleasure to do Your will. Please help us to understand the truth may not always be what we want to hear, because we've become so comfortable in our sinful flesh, but to remember what Jesus said in John 8:32, "...you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
Jesus also said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Jesus is the Truth! Speak the truth and you speak Jesus! Thank You, Father!
Please bless our Pastor's wife, that she may be protected divinely as she encourages her husband. Bless her that she may have the words you have brought to her mind as she counsels those affected by terrible things. Give her strength as she battles her own emotions while helping those in need of Your godly comfort. Let her heart always be soft, and her desire to be an encourager to the weary.
Father, please empower our Pastor and Intercessors to keep praying, asking for a spirit of forgiveness. Thank You, Father for placing these godly men and women in our lives.
Please bless our congregation and their families. Bless us that we hear the Word as You have directed our Pastor to speak it, that we don't fall into the trap of being offended or misconstrue what You, through him, are telling us.
Let our ears be opened, and let our hearts receive the powerful message You have for us. May we take Your words to heart, and let them help us walk in forgiveness and peace, that we may be stronger than the enemy expected. Grant us protection and grace as we take up our full armor that You have so graciously provided, and stand before the powers of evil with strength, and wisdom, and the glorious weapon of Your Word! Let us, the redeemed, know in our very being that we are not alone, nor unprotected, that not only have You dispatched legions of angels to fight before us, but that Your love and truth will bring us victory!
Lead us on, Lord, to the battle! Our fight is not with flesh and blood but with powers of darkness who come to destroy! We are children of the God Most High! We are heirs with Jesus, and if God is for us, who can be against us?
Hallelujah God! Glory and honor to You always! Thank You for hearing the prayer of your sons and daughters. In Jesus' name, I devote my life to You! Amen
"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-12
"For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required;" Luke 12:48
"Rejoice always,pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12