Pray for your pastor
Pastor Mark Jeske
When you are new to the faith, it’s understandable that you might be a little hesitant in explaining it to someone else. Everything is still so surprising and unexpected that you don’t want to put your foot in something inappropriate, especially when what’s at stake is people’s everlasting destiny. It’s expected that laypeople would want to work on their evangelism skills.
Does it surprise you to know that a famous pastor had some fears about being tongue-tied and afraid when gospel-sharing opportunities came up? No less a hero than the apostle Paul asked his friends and fellow believers in Ephesus to pray for him so that he would be ready when God sent people to him. He wanted to be able to make sound doctrine about Jesus Christ sound good to people: “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).
Amazing! Even St. Paul, teacher of all New Testament believers and missionary extraordinaire, feared being at a loss for words or saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. May I invite you today to pray for your pastor in the same way? Our training and experience are of great value, but we are vulnerable to the same limitations you are—faltering courage, mental confusion under pressure, indecisiveness, and procrastination.
Seriously—we need your help.
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