“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 Thessalonians 3:1-2
A SAINTS QUESTION?
“Preachers often ask for “prayer” of the saints and I’ve wondered the following: what kind of request should be brought before the Lord when the preacher is so ‘in touch’ with Him already? Should it be for a blessing? Or for a more open mind and heart to receive what the saints need to hear?” This is a question that was sent to me by email after I had asked a good friend and saint of God to keep me in her prayers. I thought it was a wonderful question to ask so I thought I would speak a little bit about that from the perspective of the minister-leader.
LEADERS ARE HUMAN
We can often times forget that our preachers, pastors and leaders are human and have the same struggles as everyone else. I like to believe that their really is no such thing as spiritual superman. Like Paul we all carry a thorn in our flesh an area of weakness where we must rely on God to give us strength. Thank God, “His strength is made perfect in our weakness”. What makes the minister different is simply the calling God has placed on his life. He is carrying a gift that has been given to him by the Lord and along with the gift he is carrying the responsibility to use the gift God has given him for the purpose of building and edifying God’s Kingdom. The truth is the the minister-leader needs much prayer because of the gift and the responsibility that has been placed on his life. We need to take in account here that the minister did not choose his gift and the calling; the minister was chosen for a specific pre-ordained calling and gift. A minister that has truly been called by God understands that he was created for the very purpose of preaching and teaching the full counsel of God’s word. The minister understands that he was created for the gift and purpose of God, not vice-versa. Sometimes what many fail to understand is that at times it can feel like a terrible burden to carry this weight and responsibility in the Kingdom of God; often times the minister feels like he just is not worthy to carry such a calling in his life. Truly the minister is in need of Gods grace and power to fulfill His commission.
sATAN AND THE MINISTER
The ministers primary responsibility in his life is to have close, right relationship with God because he must completely rely on God for his message. It is this very reason that the minister needs prayer so that his relationship his very closeness to God would be protected from the enemy and whatever other hindrances may exist. If their is one thing satan understands it is the vey power of God’s word, the power of the Gospel to change to transform lives. And satan understands that God uses his ministers as a flame of fire to deliver this message of life transformation. It is the gift to deliver this kind of message under the anointing of God that places the minister under constant attack from the enemy. The enemy is trying at all costs to keep the message of God from being delivered. Its not so much that satan fears the messenger but what he truly fears is the power of the message. Therefore satan will do everything in his power to hinder the message from being delivered.
There are essentially two ways that satan can hinder the message of God from being delivered to His people. One is to hinder the messenger and two is to hinder the hearers of the message. No wonder Paul exhortsthe church in this portion of scripture to pray for two things:
1. That the Word of the Lord may have free course
2. That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men
Paul says when you pray for me pray that the message I am carrying would have free course in other words that the message would go forth unhindered. Paul understood that the enemy would try to hinder the message but he also understood that if the saints prayed for him and the message it would be delivered in God’s full power and anointing. He also understood that the enemy would try to hinder him directly through the work of wickedness and evil men. Paul was often attacked directly of satan because of the message God had given him. And so it is the same today for every minister who has a message that God has deposited in their hearts. Often times satan will attack the minister for the very purpose of influencing the heart of the minister and bringing it into a condition where the minister cannot recieve the message. If satan cannot hinder the messenger and he cannot hinder the people he will attempt to directly intercept the message in heavens in order to keep it from reaching the heart of God’s messenger, remember the prophet Daniel, “Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling. Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels,came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come” (Daniel 10:10-14 NLT). This is why our ministers, our pastors, our leaders both great and small need constant, consistent effectual prayer.
PRAY FOR ME
The next time your hear a minister say pray for me understand that this is the greatest thing you can do for him. The minister understands the enemy will put many obstacles in his path to keep him from delivering God’s word but he also understands the power of prayer, especially the power that the saints exert in the Kingdom of God when they pray for their ministers-leaders. Prayer has more value to the minister than the money you may give him in an offering, prayer has more value than the dinner you may buy him. Not that these things have no value – but even the minister understands that the greatest thing you can do for him is PRAY. Pray for his ministry, pray for his message and most of all pray that God would place a covering a protection over his relationship with Jesus Christ. To all those who pray for me I cannot thank you enough – truly your prayers help me to accomplish God’s will.
© 2007 Apostolic Messenger Minister Daniel Bracamonte