“Brothers, pray for us.”
(Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:25)
A simple request. A powerful request. A necessary request.
Sometimes people complain about those who serving them in a leadership position in the church. Sometimes people idolize those who serve in a public manner. Sometimes the complaints and the idolization come from the same source – an expectation that those who are serving are special in some sort of way that enables them to do above and beyond what a “typical person” can do and/or handle.
Sure, it may seem that way at times as an observer, but the truth is that those who are serving are dependent on grace just like everybody else. Those who serve have their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual limits. When those limits are reached or exceeded, those who are serving and shepherding the souls of others can feel like they are drowning and helpless.
Yes, the Lord’s grace is sufficient (c.f. 2 Cor. 12:9), but the weight of the cares of others and for others (2 Cor. 11:28) can feel like a pressure crushing one’s chest restricting one’s ability to breathe and cry out unto the Lord.
No, those who are serving are not super men and women of God. They are men and women of God who gladly spend are are spent on behalf of others’ souls (2 Cor. 12:15). They are men and women who need the body of Christ and depend upon the grace of God supplied by the prayers of the saints. There is no shame in requesting the prayers of others; rather the request for prayer shows a healthy dependence upon Christ and His body, the church.
So, will you please pray for those who serve and lead? They need it. I need it. Please pray for us.