Stephen Altrogge recently wrote suggesting what this “best thing” is:
What is the best thing that you can do for you pastor? Compliment him on his “outstanding, almost Charles Spurgeon-like sermon”? Give money to the church? Give your time and skills to the church? Not heckle him? Admire him for his manly beard? While those are all wonderful things, they are not the best thing that you can do for you pastor.
The absolute, most important, best thing that you can do for your pastor is to pray for him.
Speaking as a pastor, I couldn’t agree more. He gives a few suggestions for how to go about it:
So how can you pray for your pastor? Here are a few practical ways:
- Pray that they will have spiritual and emotional endurance. Being a pastor is a wonderful job, but it can also be a very draining job. I need endurance to continue working with joy.
- Pray that they will have rich fellowship with the Lord. The pastor’s power comes from the Lord. I need God to meet me and refresh week after week.
- Pray that your pastor will be protected from temptation. If Satan can take down a shepherd, the sheep are much more vulnerable. I need the Lord to protect me from the temptations of pride, greed, lust, impatience, and a host of other sins.
- Pray that your pastor will preach with power. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit, a sermon will be nothing more than an eloquent boatload of crap. I need the Holy Spirit to put power behind my words.
There are many more ways to pray for your pastor, but this should get you started.
So please, I’m begging you, pray. Your pastor depends on it.
I wholeheartedly add my encouragement and begging to Stephen’s. Please pray for your pastor.
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