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Pastoral Integrity in Difficult Times

Pray for the Pastors of the Churches, for faithfulness and diligence in difficult times. (Jeremiah 15.1-21; 2 Timothy 3.1-4.8)

  1. Pray for those who are responsible to train, examine, and ordain pastors, that they would do so with wisdom, according to Scripture, that men of spiritual maturity and stature alone would be ordained to office, and called to service. (1 Tim. 3.6)
  2. Pray that these pastors would labor before the Lord, that all preaching and teaching would be to please their Lord, and not necessarily their people, that the Lord would give them strength, diligence, and courage to stop their ears both to sycophants and froward, lifting up their labors as offerings to the Lord alone. (Jeremiah 26.1-6)
  3. Pray for those ministers that have succumbed to the spirit of the age, that the Lord would grant correction, repentance, reformation, and new obedience, breathing new life by His Spirit into their labors, learning to submit to Christ in their work, to the edification of their hearers, and to the salvation of the lost. (Jeremiah 23.1-8)
  4. Pray for encouragement for those faithful ministers who are maligned, about whom evil is spoken, and especially those who suffer for their faithfulness by the loss of position, suffering insults of their brethren and people, that the Lord would take up their defense, that these ministers would not rise in their own defense unnecessarily, committing themselves to the Lord in faithfulness, following His example, persevering in their labor, for His Kingdom’s sake. (Isaiah 50.4-11)
  5. Pray for mutual cooperation and encouragement among faithful pastors, for an end to strife and competitiveness, that the pastors of our reformed Churches would learn to work together more than apart, seeking commonality with compromise, praying for one another, encouraging one another to stay the course of duty. (Isaiah 52.7-12)
  6. Pray for the people of God, that they would rightly value the ministry of the Word among themselves, especially in the context of public worship, that they would listen for the voice of Christ in the preaching of His Word, that they would submit themselves to His care by the pastors He has sent them, with joy and thankfulness. (Jeremiah 3.12-19)
  7. Pray for the Pastors of the flock, that they would not take to themselves a lordly authority, but remember that they are servants of Christ, and will answer to Him for the way they have labored among His flock, that the Lord would give them His own heart toward the flock, that they may labor sacrificially. (2 Corinthians 12.14-16; 1 Peter 5.1-4)