By Rachel Britton
During the winter, my family and I spend a lot of time in the mountains of Colorado. So, while there we decided to find a church to worship in on a Sunday. We wanted to belong to the local community of believers.
God impressed to me, though, that I should do more. One Sunday as I listened to the pastor, I knew I should pray for Jimmy and this small church. Not once, but continually.
So, just before we left mid-January to go back to the East coast, I sent a message to the pastor’s wife. “We love being part of your community,” I said, “and God has been telling me to pray for you.”
She replied: “We can use all the prayer we can get. We are constantly feeling the enemy try to discourage and distract us from the vision and passion God has instilled in our hearts. We need a team to help us in prayer.”
The apostle Paul, a pastor to many churches, in his letter to the church in Corinth, reminds us why prayer is important.
“our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:2
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So Paul goes on to say we are not only to put on God’s armor, but we are to pray in the Spirit and we are to be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
We must pray for other believers and our church communities because we need to keep the battle outside the church.
When we don’t protect our believing communities, it gives the enemy an opportunity to strike, divide us, and cause all sorts of commotion. We gripe, complain, and disagree. We get distracted and discouraged. But more than that, the body of Christ starts to become ineffective. When we are unloving towards each other, other people can’t see we are Jesus’ disciples and then we cannot point them to Jesus.
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Paul asked the Corinthian believers to:
“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20
This is how I am convicted to pray for my own pastor.
Paul regularly and consistently asked for prayer.
If Paul, the greatest preacher of the gospel we know, continually asked for the church to pray for him, then how much more is it important for us to pray for our own leaders?
When was the last time you prayed for the pastor of your own church? Perhaps this will inspire you to join with others in your own community and pray regularly.
When we stand together and pray, we deflect the arrows of the prince of this world and instead, we strengthen and build up God’s Kingdom.
So we must pray for our own churches and the wider church. We must pray for our leaders—those who preach God’s Word.
Rachel is a British-born writer and speaker. She is passionate about helping women know their true worth so they can live boldly. Raised on the east coast of England, she now lives in New England with her husband and three children. Rachel cannot live without English tea and chocolate. Connect with Rachel at rachelbritton.com, on Facebook and Twitter @racheljbritton and Instagram @rachelj.britton