Our minds make the same assumptions with other people who serve in roles of responsibilities. Our pastor's is one example. We often think that since they are our spiritual mentor, leader, and shepherd to a flock of people, they should have it all together. Some of the greatest men I have known are pastors and I respect and admire them tremendously. However, I promise you they are not perfect and each of them has their areas of challenge just like us. Because of my respect for them, it saddens me to see a minister fall! Today, it is a public affair and a flag that the world waves as reasons why religion is worthless. I hate watching the ripple effect of a fallen spiritual leader. I also believe that Satan attacks them more because of this negative impact against God and religion. We need to pray harder than ever for those that serve as pastors. Pray for their personal walk; pray for their openness to hear God's direction; pray for their courage to follow God's direction; pray for their ability to love those that make it hard on them; pray for their discernment; pray for their stress levels and their health; pray for their families; pray for their time crunches; and pray for their personal walk with the Lord.
If your spiritual leader's ability to lead depended on your support and your prayers, what kind of leader would they be?
Be responsible to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them? Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we're doing or why, but it's hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God.
Hebrews 13: 17-18
(Some believe Paul authored Hebrews. Most Theologians believe its simply not known who wrote Hebrews.)