It is a special time of the year. Christmas is upon us. I absolutely love Christmas; I love everything about it. It is a special time because it is about Christ and His selfless expression of love in His desire to rescue humanity from sin. We rejoice for who Christ is and what He has done for us! But I know this time of year can also present its own unique challenges. For some people, it is hard to go through the holiday season because of a lost loved one. For others, the challenge of this time of year is that it is a deeply reflective time and they are focused on obstacles to overcome or goals to accomplish.

This seems very simple, but in this time of the year would you be proactive about praying for your Pastor? Just like all of us, our Pastor has his own personal challenges and goals he faces in his life, but he also works through challenges and goals for our church as a whole. We are preparing to go into a new year; I am sure our Pastor has spent much time in prayer and in the Word seeking direction for our church for the next year. I would like us to look at some lessons from Paul about how he desired for people to pray for him and see some things that would help us as we pray for our Pastor.

I know that many times the focus of these devotionals is on the reading, but today I want to challenge you to participate directly in this devotional by spending some extra time at God's throne on behalf of your Pastor. I want to give you three specific prayer requests along with some corresponding Scripture. Would you take a few moments to read and then go to the Lord in prayer today?

1. Pray for God to protect your Pastor.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2, "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith."

2. Pray for God to give your Pastor wisdom and strength to help people with problems.

Philippians 1:19-20, "For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death."

3. Pray for God to use your Pastor in a powerful way.

Ephesians 6:18-19, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,"

Colossians 4:2-3, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:"

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Written by Corey Knopf
December 12, 2018