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They Prayed For Me

by Robert Earl Houston

IMG_8271I have never understood why some churches are adversarial with their pastors. To me, it’s akin to boarding an aircraft looking at the pilot and saying “I hope you crash” while you make you way to 28D and not understanding that if the pilot crashes, you crash.

Something happened at worship today that I want to pass along in the hope that it may encourage some pastor some where.

As I extended the Invitation to Discipleship, we had several members come for prayer. One member shared that her grandmother and herself were both having health challenges. Another member shared that he and his grown daughters were having health challenges. But there was a third individual (actually the second one who spoke) and I am paraphrasing was he came forward for:

The Lord had led him forward to ask the congregation to pray for Pastor Houston. He said that our pastor is busy, he preaches out his heart each week, he visits the sick, counsels with families about funerals, has multiple meetings and today, the Lord told him that the congregation needs to pray for him, and each other.

It was spontaneous, caught me off guard, and following prayers for the other concerns, then much church prayed for me. One of the Golden Girls of our church led the prayer by my request (and how she prayed). I sat there for a few moments in awe of what God had done that morning.

I think it goes without saying that many of us who serve congregations experience the congregation serving the server. My goal is to serve the Lord continually and my church thought enough of the ministry that I provide to them, and as he said, not only here, the community, the state and the nation. It was touching because I’ve had some experiences that were not always that pleasant in the past areas that I’ve served (and all of us in ministry have that), but I would hope that the people of God that I serve would appreciate the service of their pastor – outside of a calendared anniversary.

Sunday proved it.

This reminds me of an old adage: If you want a better pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a more loving pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a better preaching pastor – pray for the one you have. If you want a more blessed pastor – pray for the one you have.

Prayer sure beats argumentative, hostile and woundings from an out-of-control business meeting. Thank God, we don’t have those – because we are believers first and foremost.

YOUR COMMENTS WELCOMED

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4 responses

  1. Pastor Conley, Sr. | Reply

    And all the people said…Amen!

  2. DR. HOUSTON I FOR ONE APPRECIATE THE OPENNESS AND EARNSTNESS OF YOUR LAST FEW POSTING..SO OFTEN WE AS PASTOR AND CHRISTAINS COVER UP TOO MUCH OF THE REALITIES OF OUR LIVES THANKS FOR SHARING AND LORD KNOWS I NEED MUCH PRAYER AND TOO HERE THAT A MEMBER WAS LEAD TO OFFERER AND ASK FOR PRAYER FOR THEIR PASTOR IS ALONE ENCOURAGEING BE BLESSED MY BROTHER AND KEEP IT REAL
    COTTON

  3. Gerald A. Jones | Reply

    Pastors have challenges that most of us have no idea about. That is why it is so very important that they be kept lifted up in prayer. The enemy wants God’s mission for the church to fail and will plant obstacles from outside but more importantly from inside. What has helped me most in praying for my pastor is realizing that though anointed he is still a man and needs our prayers constantly.

  4. Pheadra Walker | Reply

    Pastor Houston,

    Our former Pastor of 47 years retired roughly 4 years ago. Now that we have a fairly new Pastor, we have several members (about 9 out of 200) who constantly make it their business to criticize EVERYTHING that our new pastor does. The sad thing is that the ringleaders are a few deacons who feel that (because they’ve been there longer than the new pastor) they are in charge. My current pastor is very humble and refuses to get into arguing matches with his naysayers. We as believers in my church, pray constantly for for our pastors strength in Christ, because we know that he is human and we also know that without God’s strength, the devil will surely win.

    Thank you so much for this post. It’s confirmation that my church needs to pray without ceasing.

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