Let the whole Christian community lift up prayers for our spiritual leaders, teachers, youth ministers, and all others who have answered the call to take on the various ministries to our local church communities and world wide.
This prayer request comes at the very end of the Letter to the Hebrews and it gives us a chance to think about and to pray for those who have been called to the ministry among us, those who have answered the call of God to serve us.
We are always called upon to pray for one another of course, but how often do we do so specifically for our spiritual leaders, our pastors and priests, our deacons, and all those who serve the church as theologians, or as teachers, and in so many other capacities?
What they do for us is often taken for granted, but their dedication to God and to the believers is extraordinary. They are often the ones among us who teach us the meaning of true Christian service done out of love, without expecting anything in return. How often do they go the extra mile to visit the sick, to pray with and for the dying, to counsel the weak, the weary and the troubled, without drawing attention to themselves?
So often, their dedication to God and to their responsibilities to serve the community is done heroically. Those duties are heavy and demanding and they are unceasing. Those who minister are often called upon day and night to meet the individual needs of church members. And they do this for love of God and out of their love for us. They are often exhausted from their labors, yet they rarely say no to us when we call upon them. Their own spiritual needs and prayer lives are often interrupted by the needs of their community. Yes, we need to be praying for our spiritual leaders, our teachers, our theologians, and all who have accepted the responsibilities of Christian ministry. That is our duty to them.
Let the whole Christian community lift up prayers for our spiritual leaders, teachers, youth ministers, and all others who have answered the call to take on the various ministries to our local church communities and world wide. Lord, give strong and pure hearts to those who have answered your call to minister to your people. Increase their knowledge and faith in you. Strengthen them with wisdom, courage and patient endurance as they carry out their ministries to your Church. Give us, the People of God, the wisdom to support and thank our ministers in all that they do. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!
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