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Praying for the Pastor

July 27, 2011

As lead pastor of East Point Church, I have the joy and humbling responsibility of leading a team of men committed to shepherding the flock of God as it is constituted at East Point Church.  This responsibility is acutely brought home to me everyday through prayer, study, and discipleship in our church.  Yesterday, however, one of our members sent me the blessed reminder that just as we seek to care for the souls of the flock, the flock is deeply committed to praying for the shepherds.  He reminded me that he is praying for me in specific God-honoring, heart-humbling, Christ-pointing, and Spirit-intoxicating ways.

Below is the outline of his prayers for his pastor.  May you be challenged to pray for your pastor in similar ways.  Your pastor would be greatly encouraged by it.  I am.

According to the email, he prays for me in three specific areas:

1.        Your relationship to God.

          That you will be Spirit-filled (Eph 3:14-16)

          That you will grow in your knowledge and walk with the Lord (Eph 1:15-19)

          That God will protect you from the evil one (2 Thess 3:1-3, Eph 6:12-13)

          That you will have continual love for others (1 Peter 1:22)

          That your thoughts will be correct (Phil 4:8)

          That your prayer life will continue to grow (Col 4:2)


2.       Your relationship to your family.

          That you will have quality time with your family (Deut 6:6-9)

          That you will be the husband described in 1 Peter 3:7 and Eph 5:25-33

          That your wife will be the wife described in Proverbs 31:10-31 and 1 Peter 3:1-6

          That your children will walk in the ways of the Lord (Psalm 78:5-7)


3.       Your relationship to your ministry.

          That you will establish Biblical priorities (Acts 6:4)

          That you will preach and teach the Word in a clear and effective manner (Col 4:3, Eph 6:19-20)

          That revival would take hold of the church fellowship (Psalm 85:6)

          That unity might abound in the church (John 17:20-21)

          That God will give each Christian opportunities to share Christ regularly (Col 4:5-6, 1 Peter 3:15)

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