Our pastor is away on vacation the next couple of weeks. On Sunday, our college ministry pastor preached and he asked us to pray for our pastor and for God to recharge him during this time. Although I pray for our pastors constantly, it was a reminder that they too need their downtime, in order to stay refreshed.
I’ve been reading through J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts On The Gospels (Mark) and he explains why our prayers for our pastors are so critical:
Let us resolve to pray much for ministers. Their office is no light one if they do their duty. They need the help of many intercessions from all praying people. They have not only their own souls to care for, but the souls of others. No wonder that Paul cries, “Who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Cor. 2:16.) If we never prayed for ministers before, let us begin to do it this day.
What a wonderful yet enormous responsibility God has given our pastors. “They have not only their own souls to care for, but the souls of others.”
A good reminder from J.C. Ryle today….