30
Jan
15

How To Pray For Your Pastor

I find that this passage from 1 Timothy 4 is particularly challenging for pastors and ministers.  Paul says in verse 12:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.​ – 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)​

This is a part of our calling.  To set an example for believers to follow.  We pastors are to set an example for our fellow Christians in the things we say and do.  Our example must be one of love, faith and holiness.  Ouch!  I know that sometimes I struggle with all of these things.  I struggle with loving everyone all the time.  I struggle with doubts from time to time.  I struggle with holiness often.
This call is not just for pastors, though.  I believe that all believers are called to lives of love, faith and holiness.  All Christians are to live lives of love for God and others.  All Christians are called to be faithful to Christ until death.  All Christians are called to be set apart and live holy lives.  So maybe the key to being a faithful example for other believers means that we who are in paid Christian service should remember that we are Christians first and pastors and ministers second.  My highest calling as a minister is to be a faithful Christian.  If God were to call me to another form of service than as a preacher, I would still be a Christian.
Please pray for your pastors, preachers and ministers that we would fulfill the calling on our lives.  Pray for faithfulness in love and purity as well as for the duties we perform each and every day.  Thanks!
1 Timothy 4:11-16 (NIV)

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

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