How to pray for those who lead your church

The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 1 sets forth a number of directives for pastors… Pastors are called
1.    To work with God‘s people so that they find their joy in the Lord not in circumstances or any other thing.
2.    To pray, counsel, disciple, and preach so that God’s people “stand firm in their faith” (2 Corinthians 1:24).
3.    To come alongside and encourage God’s people in their time of affliction and trouble so that they are equipped to comfort and encourage others (1:4-5).
4.    To live before God’s people and a watching world with “simplicity and godly sincerity” (1:12). Haplotes is the word for simplicity. It means “an openness of heart revealing itself by generosity, a freedom from pretense and hypocrisy, and a mental honesty, liberality, and a singleness of purpose.”

If you are unsure how to pray for your pastors and the other leaders in your church, these four pastoral directives will serve as pegs on which to hang your prayers. Please take a moment and shoot a prayer arrow to heaven for them right now.

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