As a pastor I get the great opportunity to pray for folks daily. During a typical day I receive several requests via email, conversation, Facebook or text to pray for someone or some situation. It's a great joy to do so and honestly is one of my favorite things to do. As a sinner in need of grace, with my own problems and stresses I need prayer too. Below are some ways that you can pray for me today and in the coming weeks.
- I am preaching at the Cedar Falls campus this weekend. I absolutely love getting the opportunity to do so. It's fun. It's also stressful, long and means less family time for me. Pray that God uses the message to transform hearts and lives. Pray that I would rely on God and not myself. And pray for my family while I'm gone this weekend.
- My son Xavier turns 10 on Monday. Crazy to think that my son is that old. I'm going to have "The Talk" with him very soon. I'm not anxious about it but really want to be a good dad and lead him well. Pray for me and him as we begin discussing God's gift of sexuality.
- Fall is quickly approaching. That means that my staff and I are in the middle of planning a lot of ministry opportunities. Pray that we would have the clairty and wisdom to plan well and that we would see a massive amount of momentum at our campus this fall. We are poised to grow and experience amazing things. Beg God for that.
- Pray for my wife. I thank God for her often because it cannot be easy to be a pastor's wife, let alone my wife. She is the target of more criticism that most realize and shares the burden of ministry with me. She is a wonderful wife, mother and most importantly Christ follower. Ask God to bless her as a wife, mother, friend, employee and coach.
Thanks for praying for your pastor. Often I can literally feel the prayers of God's people on my behalf. It's a powerful thing!