Day 21

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 21


Today’s devotional focus is on praying for our pastors.  As we fast and pray for revival and awakening, let’s remember to intercede for those who steward what God is doing on a local level through their church congregations.

Recent statistics by George Barna paint a grim picture of the struggles of pastoral ministry.  Did you know that:

* 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry….
* 80% of pastors believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families.  Many         pastor’s children do not attend church now because of what the church has done to their parents.
* Over 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month last year.
* 4,000 churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.

If this doesn’t point out the need for revival, I don’t know what does!

Heb. 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.  They keep watch over you as those who must give an account.  Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”  This verse is not pointing to some carte blanche, blind obedience This word according to the Strong’s and Thayer’s Greek translations, means to convince or conciliate; to assent or rely on with inward certainty. In most other places in the Bible, this word is translated more often: to be persuaded, confident in, or trust in with assurance and yielding.  This verse is not talking about obedience like that of a child to a parent. The writer of Hebrews says a few verses earlier to “…consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Heb.13:7b.  While some pastors are not worthy of being followed, the majority are.  It’s not an easy position to be a pastor; most work 55-75 hours per week, and have multifaceted and demanding expectations placed on them.

This day, let’s pray for our pastors!  Pray that God would infuse them with fresh power from the throne of God.  As we are praying for a “miracle in 2012” pray for a supernatural revival and awakening — let’s pray for these faithful local pastors across America.  They are essential to what God will do in our midst!

Barbi Franklin

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