Why pray for pastors?
Because life is becoming increasing complex; difficulties await around every corner.
For the church, people have so much weighing upon their hearts and minds; burdens, challenges and in the midst of sorting through it all... wrong advice, wrong counsel, wrong biblical teaching, wrong theology. Perhaps not entirely wrong, but incomplete or inaccurate.
I couldn't help but continue to pray for Pastor Noble and his church, that we prayed over yesterday. The decisions that team of pastors now face; the aftermath that congregation now must endure; the impact this situation will make on their community, as well as it's greater impact thanks to the internet and social media... doing the right thing and handling difficult decisions in the right manner and proper perspective is already a delicate process without the flood of public opinion in real time.
Much of the comments I've read on this particular situation are well intended and I can already understand why the church felt the need to release the details of the situation that they did; yet I understand the concerns of those making comments. Meanwhile, it appears the decision makers have followed the biblical mandate for handling situations like this.
It doesn't leave one in the position to say much more than can simply be stated with love and compassion.
This church, this pastoral team, this community and the church-at-large.. we need prayer. It needs to be our first concern. It needs to be our first response. It needs to be our first decision. Whether a decision-maker, observer or commentator; whether directly affected or affected from a distance, it begins and ends with the power of prayer.
So, pray this #associatePastorTuesday, first and foremost, may God be glorified in this situation. From the handling of this circumstance and the decisions that follow; to the conversations that people have as they work through their faith and understanding, may their be a spirit of grace and compassion that this is both a difficult and delicate place for the Noble family and this church. Pray for the decisions this pastoral team faces moving forward; may the continue to seek the face of God and follow Biblical principles as they proceed in ministry. Pray for the Noble family; healing and restoration; beauty from ashes and strength from fear... may the Holy Spirit do a new work; a fresh outpouring as they commit this matter and their marriage to God anew and afresh.
Grace. Greater than ALL our sins.
Life has no situation to present to God
That cannot be impacted by His Presence
Through the power of prayer.
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