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Day 11: Pastors

God has anointed these men and women to lead churches and lead people into the Kingdom. They pray incessantly for us, and care for us as if we were their own family.

Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine

1 Timothy 5:17 NKJV

The Church has a definitive hierarchy that we, as Christians, must follow. The Word calls Jesus the Head of the church, and behind him fall the pastors, as shepherds of the flock. When it comes to ministry, there are few people beyond pastors that understand what a pastor will go through–the struggles they face and the battles they fight. A pastor will stand in account for all the souls in his church, and will have to give account for everything he’s done in that vein. Pastors are doubly responsible, and therefore, 1 Timothy tells us that a good pastor is worthy of double honor, or, quite literally, money paid. This means that, according to Scripture, that whatever a good pastor makes is half what they are worthy of.

God has anointed these men and women to lead churches and lead people into the Kingdom. They pray incessantly for us, and care for us as if we were their own family. What we don’t see are the struggles and battles they face, spiritually, physically and emotionally; we don’t understand what they are going through. Because their call is to lead people to Christ and higher in God, they face spiritual attacks from Satan at greater intensity and frequency than many people might think imaginable; they are under constant attack from the enemy. They face a great deal of public scrutiny because they are expected to live a life above reproach, and they’re judged by people according to a standard that those people themselves wouldn’t even dream of attaining. For all these reasons, we must lift our pastors up in prayer; we must pray for continued anointing and covering over the lives to face the ever-increasing attacks, because as they level up spiritually, so do the attacks. They need our love, support and prayer, and the Fast is a great time to pray for supernatural strength, healing and protection for our pastors!

Prayer for the Day:

Father, I pray for our pastors, for their wives and for their precious children. In Jesus’ Name, Lord, Let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done in their lives and in my church as it is in Heaven. I pray for my church. I pray for every ministry and for every pastor to be led by Your Spirit and to walk in peace. Lead them not into temptation, but deliver them from evil. Anoint them with fresh oil because Your anointing makes all the difference. Your anointing breaks yokes. Thank You for Your precious anointing, Holy Spirit. I stand against every spirit of division, every attack, in Jesus’ Name. Touch our pastors; heal our pastors; protect our pastors. Bless this House, Your House, in Jesus’ Name, amen.