Pastor preached a great message yesterday. In fact, I chuckled internally a few times towards the end, as once again he made a few statements that were in line with yesterday's prayer. The timing was uncanny.
That said, one of the biggest reasons pastors burn out from ministry results from a lack of friends. Many perspectives and mindsets contribute to this problem, on behalf of both pastors and congregations, but consider what Ecclesiates says on the matter. From the 12th verse of the chapter 4:
"Though one can be overpowered, two can defend themselves."
Long before technology and the days of modern warfare, having somebody's back wasn't a figure of speech, so much as it was a literal position of proximity to whomever you were with, who was engaged in battle with you against your attackers. Each of them took care of the others'180-degree view that was behind them, that they couldn't defend when embattled with what was directly in front of them.
They were each others' rear guard and as they moved together, had full 360-degree perspective of what and who was approaching in hopes of defeating and destroying them. Not having that person in your life, explains the enemies success in taking out pastors.
So, pray, this #seniorPastorMonday, for a strengthening of existing friendships in the lives of pastors. Pray for a closeness and a bond of brotherhood; that they are not alone, nor are they fighting life's battles alone. Pray for new friendships that need to be formed and established. May God bring people into the picture that will be true and loyal; lasting and loving; to come alongside, support and lift up before the throne of grace, pastors... friends needing the miraculous. Pray God would ordain paths to cross; that indeed two working together would get a greater return for their work.
Protection in God
Strength in numbers
Confident in His faithfulness
For the glory of God.
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