From Your Pastor, July 13

From Your Pastor, July 13

All Prayers for Ministers Welcome!
 

“Brothers, Pray for us.”  1 Thessalonians 5:25   
 

Many of you are repeat offenders at reading though Charles Spurgeon’s daily devotional,Morning and Evening. If any of you do not already use that and wish a copy, see me or my wife and we will happily point you to an online copy (https://spurgeonsmorningandevening.com/) or to an affordable paper copy. 
 
Last week, a church member sent an email to Ann, telling her that Mr. Spurgeon had reminded her in this daily devotional to pray for the ministers and ministry. It meant so much to us to know of her prayers. And what triggered that day’s prayer was the Morning and Evening devotional on 1 Thess. 5:25. Eavesdrop as the great Victorian Baptist calls us all to pray for our ministers—apparently, his church set aside one day per year for such prayer. “We implore every Christian household to grant this fervent request first uttered by an apostle. A very heavy responsibility rests on all ministers of the gospel. As officers in Christ’s army, they are the special targets of the enmity of men and devils. Their sacred calling involves temptations from which you are exempt.”
 
Spurgeon continues to show what many of you note as well. Ministers “observe sad backslidings, and their hearts are wounded. They see millions perishing and their spirits sin. They want [people] to profit from their preaching. They desire to be a blessing to your children. They long to be useful both to saints and sinners. Therefore, dear friends, intercede for those in the ministry.”
 
Would not thousands of our churches here and across the world accomplish more if they had this view of prayer and ministry: “Brethren, our work is solemnly momentous, involving weal or woe to thousands; we treat souls for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be no small mercy if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men.”
 
How thankful I am for the many prayers that you give to regularly uphold Ann and I, along with all your pastors. We could not do our work without the fuel of prayer. And I am especially touched by the one who sent this to Ann this past week, assuring us of her prayers for us.
 
Spurgeon concludes: “You do not look to [ministers] but to the Master for spiritual blessings. Yet, how many times has he given those blessings through his ministers! Ask, then, again and again that they may be the earthen vessels in which the Lord may put the treasures of the gospel. The whole company of missionaries, ministers, teachers, and students, in the name of Jesus, beseech you, ‘Brothers pray for us.’”
 
We thank you for your prayers and pledge to redouble our efforts in prayer, study of God’s Word, mission, evangelism, and discipling. All prayers for all ministers welcome.
 
–David Hall