I have a question. Some may think its an odd question, but this past Sunday in church, it became (to me) a very legitimate question.
Do you pray for your pastor and the leadership of your church?
Seriously. Whether you love your church and are completely content, or if you wish your church had something that you feel is missing- do you pray for who God has in the position of leadership in that church?
Do you pray that God would guide the leadership of the church and "move and shake things" for His glory?
If you do pray for things to get shaken, how open would you truly be to the changes that would be made? Would your flesh and complacency want to accept it or complain and resist?
Have you ever imagined the amount of pressure that pastors must feel when God is prompting their hearts to make changes in a congregation that may not accept it?
These are all things that weighed on my heart Sunday morning as I watched the pastor of our church sitting at the front during praise and worship. I felt the need to pray for Him, and as I was praying all of these questions were going through my mind.
If you do pray for the leadership of your church, think about challenging others to think about some of these questions. If we are all honest, I am pretty sure most of us would be convicted in this area. If you, like me, feel this weighing on your heart- committ this week to make praying for your pastor and others who lead in your church on a regular basis.