Work has been pretty intense the past few weeks. The days go by quickly, since their is always something to be done and the priority list gets re-sorted...every 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Give or take a few minutes and/or seconds.
As we are halfway through this week, pray for grace amongst Pastors and church leaders, as they prioritize their days.
Pray that that which needs to be done gets done and tasks that need to directed, looked over and tended to happens with grace and confidence.
Pray again, for the right support and resources, that would bring effectiveness and efficiency to those "to-do" list items.
May divine appointments and Gods' sovereign hand continue to move on our behalf, even as we carry out the tasks that surround us.
I currently have two jobs and I realized this morning, that one of the things I should be grateful about regarding both of them; is that their responsibilities stay in the building. I don't have to worry about leaving either one of them, only to return to it hours later in the evening after everyone is in bed. It's a good thing too, because there are other things to tend too.
However, in my realization, I thought about how many pastors, senior and associate alike, who are responsible for their church positions, but aren't in a personal financial position to stay out of the secular work force.
And I thought I was tired.
Pray for pastors and their families trying to lead a church while remaining employed in the work force, whether by choice or necessity.
Pray for financial blessings as well as strength and stamina, that they would be able to successful balance the myriad of responsibilities and tasks that they are faced with.
Pray that grace would abound; that the church would not suffer as a result from time spent on "someone else' clock" and their families would not suffer from time away, spent on providing for the household while providing for the Kingdom.
Pray for supernatural strength and energy, for however long they should find themselves in this position; that God's plan and purpose would be carried out for His glory.
I know....this makes you want to stay in a few minutes longer. I understand. I haven't been sleeping now for a while.
Regardless, there is much to do and still more after that and we must be effective in our efforts. I, for one, could do much more, much better.
Pray that pastors and leaders would be energized today, anew and afresh.
Pray that they would have strength and endurance as they go about their tasks, not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
Pray that there would be a quickening in their spirits, that would anticipate how the Lord might work, rather than dreading what is in front of them, merely hoping, out of desperation, that He will work.
In this technologically, uber-advanced society, it is easy for the method of delivering ones' message to become more important than the message itself. Nowhere is this more problematic than in the church-world, where the efforts to reach those who do not have a relationship with Christ become priority, while the message of Christ takes a back seat and gets lost, either in part or in whole.
Incredible discernment and wisdom is needed, to ensure whatever method is used to reach the unsaved is done so with the highest regard for the message. The power of Christ is found in Christ Himself, not in lights and audio and video and graphics and a concert-like atmosphere, or in liturgy or any number of things. Yes, they have their place. Yes, they make for "cool and exciting" environments and they all have their time and place. But if the method doesn't lead people to make a decision regarding the message of Christ, then you probably should stick to the basic message of Christ and spend significantly less time worrying about what it looks like and how it sounds.
Pray for churches and staff, that their priority would continue to be or return to the message of Christ.
Pray for discernment in their methods, that the decisions they make would be made in prayer, as it was written in the early church and the elders in Acts, "it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us".
Pray that churches would find the balance necessary in their decisions, that there would be a desire to be involved in church, but also growing spiritual because of the message received while they are present.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.