Our church had its Annual Business Meeting and 2012 was a great year, both in terms of ministry and finances. But for many churches, it was not so great. Ministry was not what it could have been and the resources, financial and otherwise, were lacking.
If both were the case, remaining positive for 2013 will be difficult at best and tragic at worst.
Pray for pastors to be strengthened and encouraged that God has a plan for this year.
Pray that a fresh vision and fresh anointing would rest upon them.
Pray that there would be an increase of resources and finances, so that ministry may not only go forward but that it would be effective in its work.
So, I know it seems like I've fallen off radar the past few days...I haven't. It is simply evidence of how "life" happens and the enemy comes against us with distractions and disruptions of focus and energy to the point you "just don't feel like it".
I have a post I need to write about a conversation I had yesterday, with a co-worker, about what happens when this happens to a pastor.
Meanwhile, pray for strength that pastors and leadership would overcome such distractions and disruptions.
Pray for a refreshing of their spirit and a quickening of the mind, that this is not the time to start flying low.
We need great vision and high energy. We need strong focus and extraordinary character. This is the time to be noticed for the right thing, not the negative thing.
Pray today for those on the mission field. Out of there element. Away from home. In unfamiliar waters. Foreigners and strangers on a whole new level.
Pray for courage in the face of opposition to continue the good work.
Pray for a strengthening and a quickening as they go about their responsibilities.
Pray for favor in the community, government and businesses.
Pray for influence and "open doors"; that opportunities would present themselves and that God would be glorified.
Pray that the resources and finances needed would be provided and that God would accomplish the miraculous in the places they travel.
For pastors who lead in roles outside of their church... perhaps on a board, in a district or regional office within their denomination; maybe in the academic arena of ministry, using their experience to teach those going into ministry...
Whatever capacity it may be in, pray for those involved in giving direction for the church body at large.
Pray that they would have wisdom and discernment regarding the decisions they face.
Pray they would exercise discretion regarding the resources they are responsible for managing effectively.
Pray they would have an anointing in the role they serve to teach and prepare those going into ministry; that their stories and insight would be effective in the lives of those who learn.
Finally, pray that they would have boldness to continue to speak the truth and speak up for righteousness in an age that seems to have a hard time doing both.
We have all had them. That matter that you want someone to agree with you in prayer regarding, but don't want to mention details? Yet somehow, when a Pastor mentions such a circumstance, it's easy to think the worst. Are they leaving? Is it their marriage? And if they do mention any disclaimers, the human condition is to start guessing, rather than to do what's needed and just agree in prayer.
Many Pastors have other responsibilities outside their church and home life and it's impossible to know what's going on. Just do for them what you would want someone to do for you. Pray.
Today, I'm praying for my Pastor and such a request that he has made. It's outside of church. Probably outside of home. And yet, he needs wisdom regarding how to handle it.
I'm praying God would give him the right words at the right time. I'm praying to God would give him insight.
I'm praying that he would be able to draw from his experience and the wise counsel of those in his circle as well as God for direction.
I'm praying for whoever is involved, that the miraculous would happen throughout and that God would be glorified in the results.
My apologies for not having posted in a few days. Whatever "under the weather" junk decided to mess with my body, did a good number. I wanted to be this individual in the picture for the past 4 days, and yet couldn't. I had to work. By the grace of God, I made it through, but if you saw me, I probably looked like death warmed over. I rarely have days like this, too; so it made for an interesting weekend. Through in one night of practically no sleep and I couldn't bring myself to do anything.
Likewise, Satan would love to throw anything in your way, that would prevent you from performing your duties and tending to your responsibilities; especially those in ministry. If you are not there, then who will minister?
Pray today for pastors who need healing in their physical bodies.
Pray that they would quickened and strengthened and refreshed with a profound newness of life and energy
Pray that they would not be discouraged for life's issues that are weighing them down and matters that they are trying to sort through and figure out.
Pray that their faith would grow and the would trust in God at a new level, for Him to the miraculous, the supernatural and the extraordinary while they do all they can on their
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