A prayer for our spir­i­tual lead­ers

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Eph­e­sians 1 vs 15 – 17

“There­fore I also, af­ter I heard of your faith in the Lord Je­sus and your love for all the saint, do not cease to give thanks for you, mak­ing men­tion of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Je­sus Christ, the Fa­ther of Glory, may give to you the spirit of wis­dom and rev­e­la­tion in the knowl­edge of Him.”

Let’s spare a thought to­day for our spir­i­tual lead­ers, the norm is to re­quest for those we feel are closer to our Lord and Saviour to pray for, min­is­ter and guide us. It is gen­er­ally ex­pected that they have all the an­swers and, be­cause of the dou­ble mea­sure they may have re­ceived, they are im­mune to the trou­bles of the world.

We are some­times made to be­lieve, or we tell our­selves that we must place peo­ple of the cloth on a pedestal and some­times the net ef­fect is that we end up wor­ship­ping them rather than the fa­ther. We wrongly con­clude that all the power of the fa­ther is in the ser­vant.

Our lives re­volve around ev­ery word that they speak, we cling with hope and ex­pec­ta­tion to ev­ery word. We be­lieve they can do no wrong; we ac­tu­ally take them away from the hu­man set­ting and see them as spirits in­car­nate.

Through­out the bi­ble the Lord has cho­sen men and women who are flawed and less than per­fect to be His mes­sen­gers. He re­fined them through the fur­nace of life and has pro­duced more spir­i­tu­ally akin and ma­ture in­di­vid­u­als who can min­is­ter.

What we some­times for­get is that th­ese peo­ple who lead us are flesh and blood like us, they feel, they see, they smell and they en­dure. They are like you and I.

The mis­sion and the call that they have ac­cepted is sim­i­lar to that which has been cast on you. The dif­fer­ence is they have ac­cepted it and they are liv­ing their lives try­ing to do what God has asked of all of us.

We some­times put un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions on our spir­i­tual lead­ers to a point where we some­times lose faith on the ba­sis of the hu­man frailty that they some­times show us. We ex­pect them to be per­fect and noth­ing short of that will do in our eyes.

The truth, how­ever, is that we have an obli­ga­tion to pray for them and make the lives of our spir­i­tual par­ents eas­ier. We have to shower them with love and prayer be­cause the forces at play in their lives are a lot more griev­ous than what we may en­dure.

Like us, they are some­times faced with doubt and they some­times wake up tired, dis­il­lu­sioned and con­fused. Our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to en­sure that we make th­ese pas­sages of doubt eas­ier by cov­er­ing them in prayer.

It is hu­man to find fault and crit­i­cise but this week, let’s spare a thought for them. Let’s hear them out, be pa­tient with them but above all help them on the jour­ney they have cho­sen to make the world a bet­ter place.

Show them love, show them con­sid­er­a­tion, be com­pas­sion­ate and help them to ful­fil the call that they have ac­cepted. Our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to en­sure that we give them all the sup­port they need to be able to ful­fil the man­date of min­is­ter­ing and bring­ing the flock home.

Pray for your pas­tor so that he or she may be strength­ened in their quest to bring hope and sal­va­tion.

Be blessed

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