Prayer Shield #1—Your Pastor Needs Prayer!
“Brethren, pray for us.” (1 Thess. 5:25).
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
The Lord has impressed upon me the importance of recruiting a team of intercessors to pray for myself, but also to call His people to begin to be diligent to pray for their pastors. If you haven’t read the book Prayer Shield by Peter Wagner, I highly recommend that you pick it up. This book has really challenged me with both the urgency and sense of responsibility for Christians to pray for their pastors. Today’s devotional is an overview of the teaching contained in that book. My prayer is that it would motivate you to begin to pray for your pastor today, and indeed every day. Like the Apostle Paul pleaded with those to whom he ministered, I say, “Brethren, pray for us.” Pray for your pastors!
“You can help defend your leader from Satan’s attacks! Right now, someone you know is in desperate need of your prayers. It’s the person out on the front line, leading God’s army into the world to proclaim His good news. The enemy is doing everything he can to stop your pastor. But as a Christian, you have been given access to a greater power in this battle: God’s intercession.
Pastors, teachers, and all types of leaders depend a great deal on those who are praying for them—people like you who realize the importance of coming to their aid. The enemy knows where our leaders are vulnerable, and he attacks them at their weakest point. Through intercessory prayer, however, you—a mere human—can stand in the gap for them. You can influence the action of an almighty and all powerful God. As surprising as it is, this is the way the Lord chose to structure our relationship with Him.
If we aren’t praying through—if intercessory prayer is missing—the full extent of God’s power is often stifled in the lives and ministries of our leaders. They can’t do it alone! Pastors and other Christian leaders are needy people. But they are God’s chosen ones to move His Kingdom forward. Faithful and intelligent intercession can release them to be all God wants them to be.” (Peter Wagner).
I want to challenge you to be a faithful intercessor for your pastors—pray for us. “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:” (2 Thess. 3:1).
Pastor Chris Jordan