The Art of Sabbatical War

Hi [First Name],
Pastors are usually considered the shepherds of their flock, the church. In many cases, you, as the Sabbath School or AY leader, will spend far more time with your congregation. They may even see more of your programs than the sermons preached by your pastor. The pastor may have multiple congregations, and therefore you become one of the chief shepherds of the flock.
This role is a great responsibility because you may directly influence the salvation of the souls you lead. Jesus understood this great responsibility as well and prayed for his disciples. John 17:11  as he prayed "...Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are." or when he was speaking to Peter in Luke 22:32 "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."

Prayer is the engine room of the church. Praying for someone is a great demonstration of love. Each leader should be a prayer warrior, bruising their knees for the lives of the members of their congregation.
We are involved in a war against the devil, and we should never forget that.

The word of God enriches our prayers and increases our faith. We are encouraged to use the promises given by God in the Bible when we pray.

Here are some tips for praying for your church using the word of God, the Bible.
  1. Begin by praying a Scripture that prepares your heart for connecting intimately with God. (Hebrews 4:16)
  2. Ask for forgiveness of your sins (1 John 1:9)
  3. Choose the topic of your prayer (e.g., Church) Use a verse or passage to shape your prayer. (Exodus 20:24)
  4. Claim God's Promises, Insert your name, and the name of your church into a promise (Isaiah 58:13-14 )
  5. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray. (Romans 8:26-27)
Take some quiet time before each program, and commit the hearts and minds of each of your church members to God. Ask God to soften their hearts and prepare them for a Word from on high and that real change will be seen in their lives.


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