2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Yesterday, I began exploring what we as a church should be praying over our church leaders. I looked at how we should be praying that they are able to continue living a life that honors God because they face the same temptations we face. I also looked at how we should be praying that God guides them when they prepare to give their message and that they are able to speak the truth boldly. If you have been in any type of leadership, you know that there is more to leadership than making decisions. Please look up 2 Thessalonians 3:2.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:2, we see that Paul asks that the church pray for them to be “delivered from wicked and evil men.” He also asks for deliverance from men in Romans 15:31. I think this is important to remember because while we have religious freedom here in the United States, our church leaders are still facing opposition from those who do not like the message they are preaching. Even the pastor of your local church faces opposition when he/she preaches a sermon that people didn’t want to hear. Maybe people in the church do not appreciate some of the difficult decisions that a pastor needs to make and the pastor is facing attacks as a result. Sometimes our church leaders are facing someone trying to discredit them even when they are living an honorable life. We need to be praying for them to endure and be delivered from their opposition.
The last thing I want to explore is the idea of unity within the church and amongst the leaders. Philippians 2:1-2 gives us something to pray over the leadership in our church. Whether we are praying for the local church board, or denominational leaders, or leaders in the national or international spotlight, we need to be praying for unity. We need to be praying that they can “stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel,” (Philippians 1:27). If your church has one pastor, pray that they can have unity as they interact with the church board. If there are more than one pastor and staff at your church, be praying that the staff and pastors can lead in unity. Pray for unity amongst the lay leadership in your church so they can minister within and outside the church effectively.
As I look back over the last two days please remember to pray the following over your church leaders:
· That they continue to live lives that honor God.
· That they are led by the Spirit as they prepare their messages.
· That they can speak their messages with love and boldness.
· That they can endure opposition that they face.
· That they are delivered from those who oppose their message and leadership.
· That they can have unity with all church leadership and the church body.
· That they are following God’s Will.
Are you praying for your church leaders?