Prayer. The best gift to give your pastor is prayer. Leonard Ravenhill said, “The pastor who is not praying is playing and the people who are not praying are straying.”
As October is “Pastor Appreciation Month,” and I’m in the midst of preparing for my new ministry as lead pastor of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Taylors, SC, quite a few people in the new church I will serve have asked me, “Is there anything I can do to help you in your move?” My constant answer is this: Please pray for my family and me.
This is the best gift to give to whoever is your pastor and/or church staff. Pray for them often.
Why? Here are four of many more reasons to do this:
- Prayer is commanded to you and it works.
As you pray, remember a few things the Bible teaches . . .
A. Frequency of Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, pray without ceasing.
B. Fervency of Prayer
Jeremiah 29:13 says, And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
C. Faith of Prayer
Mark 6:5 says, And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.
D. Fellowship of Prayer
Matthew 18:20 says, For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
- More Americans turn to Google than prayer when making decisions.
Check out this study. Less than half of Americans (45%) pray before making major life decisions. 82% do their own personal research.
- Prayer is a way to honor your pastor.
1 Timothy 5:17 says, Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
Honoring your pastor is a biblical thing. A really practical way to honor him is to pray for him.
Whenever a church member tells me they’re praying for my family and/or myself, it means a ton to me. As one who thrives off of the love language of “words of affirmation,” I crave for people I serve as pastor to not only pray for me, but to tell me of their prayers. I feel spiritually protected and honored.
- Spiritual warfare is abnormally oppressive toward pastors, and prayer is the number one antidote to this issue.
Dr. Ben Carson wrote a fascinating Facebook post a few years ago, and I’d love to conclude this article by sharing it with you:
An eagle does not fight a snake on the ground. It picks it up and changes grounds, then releases it back to the ground.
A snake has no stamina, no power, no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable unlike on the ground where it is deadly, wise and powerful.
Take your fight to the spirit realm (pray) and when you are in the spiritual realm, God takes charge. Don’t fight in the physical realm; change grounds like an eagle. You will be assured of a clean victory.