Prayer Focus: For our pastors, and all ministers of the Gospel (17 Mar 2019)

“Finally, brethren, pray for us….”

2 Thess. 3:1 “…brethren, pray for us….” Please pray for your pastors and ministers of the Gospel. Here’s how you may specifically pray for us (taken from 18th century English Baptist John Gill’s commentary):

  1. with respect to their private studies, that they might be directed to suitable subjects;
  2. that their understandings might be opened to understand the Scriptures;
  3. that their gifts might be increased, and they be more and more fitted for public service;
  4. and with respect to their public ministrations, that they be brought forth in the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ;
  5. that they have a door of utterance given them to preach the Gospel freely and boldly, as it ought to be spoken; and that their ministry be blessed to saints and sinners;
  6. and with respect to the world, and their conduct in it, that they be kept from the evil of it, and so behave as to give none offence, that the ministry be not blamed;
  7. and that they be not allured by the flatteries, nor intimidated by the frowns of the world, but endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ;
  8. and with respect to their persons and state, that their souls may prosper, and that they may have much of the presence of God, and much spiritual joy, peace, comfort, and strength of faith;
  9. and that they may enjoy bodily health, and their lives be spared for further usefulness.