Pray for wisdom for our pastor. He is often confronted with incredibly challenging situations and decisions and need God's wisdom to continue to be the leader God has called him to be.
 
Pray for our pastor's protection. He will be attacked in so many ways.
 
Pray for our pastor's family. They need encouragement. They need prayer. Many times, they get the leftovers of his time.
 
Pray for our pastor to withstand the critics and bullies. Some are overt and aggressive; others are passive aggressive. All are painful. And every pastor has them.
 
Pray against discouragement from members leaving. It's hard for the pastor not to take it personally.
 
Pray against discouragement from decline. Two out of three congregations in North America are declining. That is a painful and discouraging reality for pastors. 
 
Pray against discouragement from disunity. The Enemy loves it when church members fight one another.
 
Pray for discernment for "yes" and "no". Pastors are pulled in a multitude of directions. They are expected to be in so many meetings, so many social events, and so many pastoral situations. They are really expected to be omnipresent. Pray they will be able to say "no" more often. Pray for their families who often get the scanty leftovers of the pastor's time.
 
Pray for gospel opportunities. Pastors are energized when they have the opportunity to share the gospel.
 
Let us pray for our pastor starting today and five minutes of each day, pray for our pastor. It may be the greatestes contribution you can make to your church.
 
Exerpts from Thomas Rainer: Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

The title of pastor has a slightly different meaning than elder (“great”, “old”) or bishop (gk “overseer"). The Hebrew word for pastor in the Bible literally means to tend a flock, pasture it, or graze it. It is often translated into the English words “feed” or “shepherd.” It is also translated as pastor or herdsman. The first mention of the word pastor is found in Jeremiah 2:8(KJV); and in Jeremiah 3:15 we learn that pastors are given by God, according to His heart to feed His sheep. Likewise, the Greek word for pastor found in the New Testament is most often translated as shepherd. But, it is translated only once as pastor in Ephesians 4:11.

To help understand the duties of a pastor, we can compare them with the qualifications of a bishop (1 Timothy 3:1-7). Which is to say, a pastor must be patient, can rule his own home, a mature Christian, selfless, devoted, and has a good reputation in the community.

Therefore, a pastor will have a heart after the Lord. He will feed the flock with knowledge and understanding. He will not only feed them, but care for them so that they may be fruitful in every good work. Because of the loving care of their pastor, the flock will be nurished by the Word of God, aware of the Holy Spirit's guidance, and they will have all that they need to grow spiritually (Ephesians 4:11-14).

We can see through the life of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-16, 27) that the duties and responsibilities of a pastor are immense. And as an under-shepherd to Jesus, a pastor must model Christ in his love for the church, so that the church is inspired to follow his leadership and become more Christ-like (1 John 4:14-16). Reverend Jamaal Weathersby exemplifies the role of a pastor according to the Scriptures. He is dauntless in his dedication to the Lord, diligent in delivering the uncompromising Gospel of Jesus Christ and dutiful in devotion to his family and the New Hope Baptist Church, where God has called him to shepherd.

~ Linda Tyler Ponds


This Month's Scripture

Psalm 96:2-9

Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.


“Prayer meetings were the arteries of the early church. Through them, life-sustaining power was derived. The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of die first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer!”


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Charles Haddon Spurgeon Everything by Prayer



Acts 15:11

 

Welcome to the Women of Hope Monthly Newsletter where your hope can be found through prayer and participation. Be blessed and may your Happiness, Order, Peace and Encouragement be found in the Lord!