Pray for the pastor

pray for pastorI have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 2 Cor 11:23-27

This is Paul’s testimony of persecution and endurance for Christ.
The beatings and imprisonment were at the hands of people. I can’t see where someone would intentionally wreck a ship just to persecute Paul.

But what he is saying is he endured all of these hardships for Christ.

Any persecution that I have faced is mild compared to Paul’s. I may be reprimanded but I’m not beaten.
I may be prevented from praying someplace but I’m not thrown in prison.
Maybe someone talks about me and calls me a nutcase but I’m not shipwrecked.

Then I saw the great persecution in what else he wrote. It’s the burden of concern for the people of the church.
Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches. 2 Cor 11:28

That I do have. I am concerned for my church. Every day I pray over the church. I mention by name those that come to mind. Sometimes I go seat by seat in my mind and pray over individuals.

I have one church to pray over. Paul had many. Whether it’s one or twenty, it is the great burden for a minister.

Please pray for your pastor. He is concerned over you.
Please pray for me as I pastor my church.

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One thought on “Pray for the pastor

  1. Amen. We all need to be prayed over. What a wise God we have to tell us things even before hand. He even puts the mater on ours hearts. But it is good to hear someone ask. Personally I need lots of prayer. There have been times when I have felt prayers I hadn’t ask for. THANK YOU LORD!!!

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