PRAY FOR US
A recent report stated, “1500 pastors leave the ministry permanently in America. Many more would leave if they could afford it.” In a survey, over 50% of pastors said they would leave their ministry if they could replace their income.
Another survey of the secret lives of pastors revealed that “90% of American pastors surveyed feel inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands” and “45% say they have experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence”H.B. London and Neil Wiseman in their book, Pastors at Greater Risk, quote startling statistics from research conducted by Fuller Theological Seminary.
- 80 percent of pastors say they have insufficient time with spouse and that ministry has a negative effect on their family.
- 40 percent report a serious conflict with a parishioner once a month.
- 75 percent report they’ve had a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry.
- 40 percent of pastors considered leaving the pastorate in the past three months.
What do all these statistics mean? They mean that pastors need prayer.E. B. Bounds was a successful lawyer, pastor, editor, and evangelist. He gave the last seventeen years of his life to prayer, rising every day, without exception at 4 A.M. and praying until 7 AM. During this period he wrote a series of classic books on prayer. In his widely popular book, Power Through Prayer (1912), Bounds includes a chapter titled, “Preachers Need the Prayers of People.” In it he states, It is absolutely necessary for the preacher to be prayed for…the true apostolic preacher must have the prayers of other people to give his ministry its full quota of success.Peter Wagner wrote an entire book, Prayer Shield, on the need for intercession to be made on behalf of spiritual leaders. The thesis of the book is very clear – “The most underutilized source of spiritual power in our churches today is intercession for Christian leaders.”
Pray For Us
The apostle Paul successfully endured extremely intense levels of persecution, opposition, and pain in ministry. What was his secret? Six times in his letters, Paul asked the people to pray for him. Brothers, pray for us. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Romans 15:30 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:19 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Col. 4:3
It Makes a Difference
Nancy Pfaff, as a project in graduate school, surveyed 130 pastors, evangelists and missionaries who were each prayed for 15 minutes a day by one of 130 trained intercessors for an entire year. About 89 percent of those surveyed stated that the prayers had contributed positively to their ministry effectiveness. They reported increased effectiveness in the use of their gifts, a high response to their ministry, more discernment and wisdom from God, improved attitudes, better personal prayer lives, and heightened leadership skills. Her research also discovered that daily prayer was more effective than weekly or monthly prayer
Pray for Me, Pray for Us
Our ministry in Las Vegas is mostly on the frontlines. We are invading enemy territory and he fights back…hard. Please pray for us. If you already do pray for us, please pray a little more.Maybe you can make a daily commitment to pray a few extra minutes each day for me and our team in Las Vegas. We need it.