When it comes to your pastor: (1) You must pray for them. Nothing releases the power of a pastor's ministry like the prayers of their flock. Paul recognized that his effectiveness in ministry depended on the people's prayers: "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel," (Ephesians 6:18-19). Satan targets pastors who preach the truth. The thing he hates and fears most is God's Word. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against...the powers of this dark world and...spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (see v.12). Often when pastors are preaching, the spiritual struggle is so intense that afterwards they find themselves drained. Praying "in the Spirit" for your pastor strengthens them and maximizes their effectiveness when it comes to reaching the lost and bringing those who are saved into spiritual maturity (see 1 Corinthians 1:21). (2) You must respect them. In a day when church has become more "casual," it's easy to lose respect for God's leaders. The Israelites did it: 'The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders." (Lamentations 4:16). And God's standards haven't changed: "Elders [pastors] with a gift of leadership should be considered worthy of respect." By respecting your pastor and church leaders, you act as a role model for the sacredness of God's ministry to this generation and the next.
"The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry." (Psalm 34:15)
God recognized us. Often times we do not see any sign of God answering our petitions, yet He hears our cries and deals with them specifically in His own way. Though we might not be constantly thinking of God, we are always in His thoughts as He hears our requests for help.
Week #43 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 31-33
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 25-28
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 122-124
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 1-2
Thursday: (Prophecy) Habakkuk
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 9-10
Saturday: (Letters) James 1-3