The ministry of supporting our pastors and leaders in prayer is of vital importance to the church.
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands. So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady until sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” (Exodus 17:8-13.)
The apostle Paul recognized the importance of the prayers of the church members for him:
“Pray also for me,” (Paul wrote in Ephesians 6, verse 19), “that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
Jesus Himself longed for the prayer support of His disciples:
“Then He (Jesus) returned to His disciples and found them sleeping, ‘could you men not keep watch with Me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40.)
The ministry of Pastor’s Prayer Partners will include the following:
- Working closely with the prayer coordinator to schedule times to pray with the pastors.
- Pastor may at times initiate calls for prayer. Pastor’s Prayer Partners should be people with whom the pastor can safely confide his prayer needs.
- Pastor’s Prayer Partners may also choose to pray with each other, either by phone or in groups, taking care that prayer–not gossip about church problems–is the focus of the time together.
- Pastor’s Prayer Partners will often be called upon to intercede in prayer before and during worship services, special prayer meetings and for other various needs.