I’m just going to jump right in and say it.
Ask it, that is.
And I don’t mean to sound presumptuous. You may already be doing this. If you are, don’t stop. In fact, turn it up a notch.
Here is my request, plain and simple and very important:
Pray for your pastor.
Pray with fervor for your pastor.
The job is demanding. Pastors have to be leader, staff coordinator, supervisor, strategic ministry planner, vision caster, faith leader, teacher, counselor, mentor, business manager, writer, public speaker…
Not only do pastors juggle the same pressures the rest of us do (life/work balance, bills to pay, family ups and downs, rough days…), they also have the added pressure of a flock to shepherd, and the expectations of that flock.
Now, add COVID-19 to the mix, and all the uncertainty this pandemic has brought. Pastors today have to deal with the (in)ability / wisdom to gather in person, the safety of parishioners coming to worship, the need to be creative and flexible to work through unprecedented road blocks to find solutions to keep the church afloat and thriving (thank you Lord for Zoom and parking lots).
Chances are your pastor(s) are dealing with stress on a far higher level than before.
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented prayer.
Please take a few minutes and pray for your pastor. Not only that, drop your pastor a line – a card, an e-mail, a phone call, some sort of encouragement to lift your pastor’s spirits.
Remember, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16, NKJV).
Love God. Love one another. Seek the LORD first and always. Be a blessing.