Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
I met with pastors from our city of Tuscaloosa yesterday for a day of prayer. Their first citywide prayer event was in 1994 and 5 men were present who attended that first 3 day prayer summit. God’s word is true, when we seek Him, we will find Him. He has been faithful to show up every time.
I’m asking you today to pray for your pastor as well as others for whom you know. My wife and I have been praying for the pastors in the Ukraine at this time as well as those who serve in our city.
Let me read our passage today again in the Amplified Version.
preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching.
I honestly get overwhelmed when I think about the responsibilities laid out in that verse for pastors. Outside of a calling from God, who would want to walk in the shoes of pastoring with inexhaustible patience?
Prayers for your pastor could include
- Wisdom and discernment to hear the Holy Spirit on how to lead in season and out of season.
- Acts 1:8 boldness to represent Jesus to the church and others
- Mental and physical refreshing for the daily task of pastoring
- For fresh times in the word of God and with the Lord Jesus to bring forth spiritual food from God’s storehouse
- Peace over His heart and mind
Gratefulness for those we serve
At one point in our prayer time, we gave thanks for all of the volunteers who make church happen. Coming out of the COVID crisis has been a challenge on how churches should do their “togetherness”. We gave thanks for the sound people who help make church happen in service and online, for the children’s worker volunteers, for the extra effort of the worship team, for the small group and Sunday school teachers and for the welcome and support teams to make the church building ready and receptive to those who are coming back.
We enjoyed smiling and praying for one another. One pastor said, “there is no manual on how to maneuver through the COVID crisis.” This is true.
Jesus said, “follow Me and by the way, I will be with you always”. Pray for your pastor as he is leaning hard into hearing God so that he may follow His lead. God is always at work, even in the chaos of our times. Praying for one another is one of the connectors God uses to keep the whole body of Christ alive and healthy. Let’s spend more time praying and less time talking about what should be happening.
Blessings Love y’all