2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
THIS MONTH'S PRAYER FOCUS
Jesus has called pastors to serve with humility, integrity and above all with love. We are honored to have our Brightmoor Pastors do this every day.
Pastors find ways to being both friend and shepherd to many people. They are relational and desire for people to know truth. We are praising God, particularly during Pastor’s Appreciation Month for the leaders we have within our church, Brightmoor.
“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” 1 Timothy 5:17
This is how our church family can pray.
First, let’s pray for those in authority (1 Timothy2:1-2). The Apostle Paul specifically says that we should pray “for kings and all those in authority”. It does not say to pray for those in authority with whom we agree, thus it’s important to offer prayers for all leaders and prospectives leaders within the church and outside. Pray for them to have divine wisdom, the mind of Christ, and a body of strength and health.
Second, let’s pray we encourage and help bear the burden of our pastors. The best way to bear the burden of our pastors is to be a Christian. Hebrews 13:17 tells us that one day,
” … it is for these souls that we will give an account before God.” A pastor’s real burden is the weight of the souls of their members. A pastor is to cultivate consistent, God-honoring character - for Jesus is watching for the purpose that we care for His sheep well until He returns (1 Peter 5:4).
Thirdly, let’s pray that our pastors are filled with the Holy Spirit. We pray that our leaders walk in the blessing that comes with living out a life of faithfulness and obedience to you. We pray you continue to create a desire within our pastors to be pleasing to you and use them to help bless and prosper our church family, our community, and our city.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13
As we enter October, which is also Pastor’s Appreciation Month, let’s remember to make just a little more room in our lives to pray, to uplift, and to help our Pastors who already put us in their prayers!
Blessed is the pastor that stands with brothers and sisters at his sides, but immeasurably blessed is the one who has “his whole church” standing by his side, faithfully and eagerly holding up his hands.
Pastor Jamie Kjos, Senior Pastor
Aubrey Woodfolk, 24-Hour Prayer Coordinator