Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Third Sunday, October 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I know in many respects I am Your under-shepherd to my congregation. I am their God representative. If I do not pastorally touch their lives they at times do not feel like they have been served. Unfortunately, this may cause me as a pastor to feel more highly of myself than I ought such as the two of the disciples sought with Jesus as recorded in Mark 10. Help me to stay focused on being a servant to all, and model this approach rather than one that seeks to make the pastor high and lifted up. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, I praise and worship You with great faith and fervor. At times I feel my praise and worship of You is more than that of many others. I also feel that I serve You more effectively than others. Humble me. Help me not to believe this means I need any special recognition in Your Kingdom. May I focus even more deeply on serving You and people whose lives I have the opportunity to touch. Amen.