How to Pray for Your Pastor
by Tom Goodman
July 4, 2012
"Join with me in fervent prayers to God on my behalf," Paul wrote in Romans 15:30. The apostle said you can partner with a pastor by your prayers, and he often asked for that help.
In that fine tradition, how can you pray for me? Pastor Ligon Duncan offered some helpful suggestions to his congregation in a blog post. Here are a few from his list that you can use to pray for me today. Duncan said to pray...
That I would know, embrace, and ever more deeply understand the Gospel and be shaped by it in life and ministry.
That I would be useful servant of the Lord; that I would know and love God's word, God's people, and God's kingdom; that I would be used to build it up and so that it prevails even against Hell's gates.
That I would study, practice, and teach the Word of the Lord, by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
That I would love to pray, would love to commune with God.
That I would be ever dependent upon and filled with the Spirit; and that I would possess true Spiritual wisdom.
That I would be holy unto the Lord; that my tongue and heart would be wholly God's.
That God would give me guidance as to where to focus my efforts in ministry.
That He would protect me from myself, from the enemy of my soul, and from all earthly enemies.
That many would be converted and many built up under my ministry, to God's glory alone.
That the Lord would bless my wife with holiness and happiness, Gospel assurance and Gospel rest.
That God would make me a decent husband and father.
It's a comfort to know you're praying for me as I pray for you!
"Left and Forward!" You guys are doing a great job squeezing into the gym for summertime worship while the auditorium is being renovated! You can serve your congregation by going as far left and forward as you can when you enter our gym.
"Letters to a High School Me." I'm enjoying these "Note to Self" videos in our worship services, aren't you! You can see the ones we've already screened on our Facebook page. There
are four more videos to go, and then we'll print all the notes that our congregation turned in.
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