PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR!!!

PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR…

Pray for your Pastor.

He needs it. Desperately.

Sometimes we don’t think about praying for our Pastor. After all, he’s the spiritual one, right? He’s strong in the Lord. Lives for the Lord. He’s a good leader. He fights for us, right?

Yes. He is all of that and that is precisely why we need to pray for him.

He is God’s chosen vessel to stand in the gap for the people. But we need to stand in the gap for him.

EVERY Pastor is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

There is a price to be paid to live out his call:

He is constantly under attack.

Why?

Souls are at stake. God’s word saves. He is delivering God’s word. He is teaching God’s word. Every week. He is feeding the flock of God. Strengthening them so that they can go strengthen others. Marriages are on the line. People are depressed and want to kill themselves. Your Pastor speaks words of life. Pray for him.

King David was tasked with leading the people spiritually. He had deep pain over his rebellious son. Some of his closest friends turned on him. He was continually being attacked. Many would’ve never known any of this.

2 Samuel 16:13 As David and his men went along the road, Shimei went along the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went, threw stones at him and kicked up dust.

This guy comes out of nowhere. Cursing, throwing stones, criticizing and kicking dust.

This happens to your Pastor more than you know.

Pastor’s are not immune to criticism. It may even hurt them worse than the average man. Simply because they understand the brevity of their call.

Pray for your Pastor.

Hebrews 13:17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.

I happen to be married to my Pastor. Trust me, there have been times when I was his biggest critic. He needs my prayers, not my critique. He gives his life for his people. Your Pastor does the same. It can be a long, lonely, difficult road. Pray for him. Pray for him. Pray for him. Pray. For. Him.

 


The best is yet to come!

 

I didn’t have much hope for her. She was literally just a stick when I planted her. No leaves. Not a branch to be had. Of course, no blossoms.

She really looked dead.

For all intents and purposes she was.

Still, I dug the hole. I put her in it and hoped for the best.

Hope does not disappoint.

She grew slow. At her own pace. In time, she blossomed big. Way more than I expected or dreamed.

So many times our lives can look just like this.

All seems lost. Even hopeless. There is nothing there. And if there is, it isn’t anything good. In fact, it may appear to be dying.

God brings beauty out of such pain. Life from dead things. It is a law of God, a seed must die in order to live. It has to be buried before it can come to life.

If you’re going through a particularly difficult time right now, wait on the Lord.

He is doing something you can’t see.

Just like my rose bush, hidden beneath the soil, God was working. He is making something out of all this adversity.

I get to enjoy the blessing of this flower. Her death and resurrection.

So it will be for you. You will be a comfort to those who have gone through what you’re experiencing.

2 Corinthians 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

It may not seem so now.

Ezekiel 36:9 See, I care about you, and I will pay attention to you. Your ground will be plowed and your crops planted.

Our heart must be plowed and sown in order to produce fruit for the Kingdom. Just like the soil, it must be broken and cut into in order to produce a garden. While it is painful, it will be worth it.

God can rebuild ruins. He is able to create something out of nothing. Give beauty for ashes.

Ezekiel 36:11 …I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

The best is yet to come. Be patient.

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.



Through the Mountain

 

God doesn’t always move the mountain.

He just may take you through it.

Just ask Dashrath Manjki. When his wife hurt herself trekking up a rocky footpath, he had to travel around a mountain 43 miles just to get to the nearest hospital.

He decided he needed to do something about this. Not just for his family, but the whole village. They needed access to doctors, schools, and opportunity.

He carved a path through a 300 foot mountain by himself, using only hand tools.

He was just a poor laborer from Gehlour Hills in Bihar, India.

He sold the family’s three goats to buy the hammer and chisel and worked every day on the project to make it successful. After plowing fields for others in the morning, he would work on his road all evening and throughout the night.

It took him 22 years.

People called him crazy. Said he’d never be able to do it.

He did it.

Are you facing a mountain?

Matthew 21:21 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.”

Sometimes it’s one rock at a time.

James 5:16 …The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Prayer is the work.

It is hard work.

When we face adversity and odds and staggering obstacles, common sense says quit.

Faith says persevere. Stay put. Keep going. Don’t quit.

Even if you don’t see any results, keep praying. Elijah didn’t quit. He went back seven times. Finally, the rain came.

Don’t have the right tools? I’m just a housewife. Just a grandma. Just a mom. Just a nobody.

God uses nobodies.

1 Corinthians 1:27-28 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.

God can use you to make a way where there seems to be no way.

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the LORD?




 

 

 

 

 

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