“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17

Our pastors are doing a great job. To lead a church, full of different people with different thoughts and different ideas, can be difficult. Keeping unity, building up people’s faith, encouraging, caring, discipling and evangelising can all be difficult. So our pastors have a lot of tasks which they do — and they can make mistakes; they’re human, just like the rest of us. So we need to be praying for them. 

As a part of the church, it’s our job to pray that our pastors serve in a way that brings glory to God. But even more than that, we should show our appreciation to them. We should treat them and speak of them with love (1 Thessalonians 5:12). When we don’t get anything from their sermon, or we think they didn’t handle something well, let’s commit to encouraging them rather than speaking negatively to, and about, them. 

We need to remember that we’re not going to agree with them all the time. But God has put them in that position and we should respect that. And in those times when we disagree with them, it is vital that we keep a good attitude and react with integrity and respect to those who lead us.

 🖋️ Why not send some words of encouragement to your pastor today and remind him that you’re praying for them.

1 Corinthians 16:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:7, 24

1. Lord, thank You for giving us men after Your heart to shepherd us.

2. Father, strengthen our pastors and multiply Your grace over their lives in the name of Jesus;

3. Lord, always provide abundantly for the needs of our pastors in the name of Jesus.

Neh. 7, Zech. 2-3, Rev. 12