Praying for the Man of God

Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints.  That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

Romans 15:30-32

We all know that we should pray for our pastors and teachers.  But in this passage, the apostle Paul gives us some pointers on how and what to pray for when we are praying for them.  He asks the Christians in Rome to pray for him and with him, and then he gives them some specifics.

The first thing for which he requests prayer is “that I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea.”  Paul faced an ever present physical danger from unbelievers, as evidenced by his being beaten, stoned, and, eventually, martyred.  While our pastors may not face that kind of physical danger, they do face constant attacks by the world and the Devil.  We need to pray that they would be protected from those attacks.

Next, he wants them to pray that “my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints.”  He wanted to make sure that he was doing the right thing, and I’m sure that our pastors want the same for themselves.  We should pray that they would have the wisdom and guidance to know and see the right way and the strength they need to make those right decisions.

Basically, Paul wants the Romans to pray that he would be protected from the unbelievers and would be a blessing and encouragement to the believers.  We should pray the same things for our pastors and teachers!

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