As president of the American Pastors Network, Sam Rohrer believes that now, more than ever before in American history, believers must be diligent in prayer for Christian leaders. With the enemy bearing down in so many ways in our culture and society, the job of a pastor or ministry leader continues to grow more difficult every day.
One need only to look at the moral failures—and suicides--of many ministry leaders in the past few years to realize that the church is in trouble if believers don't get on their knees in intercession for their leaders.
"One of the best things we can do for our pastors to help them be strong is to look in the mirror ourselves every morning and truly ask the Lord, 'Am I living for you?'" Rohrer told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network. "Show me the stent in my own heart. The pastors are to lead. Shepherds are to lead; we know that.
"But at the end of the day, none of us, the sheep in the pews, are going to be able to blame our decisions for not serving God or not walking by faith on the failure of the pastor or the success of the pastor," Rohrer said. "Ultimately, we're going to give an account for ourselves. So, look in the mirror first and commit each day to recalibrating our will to God's will; recalibrating our ways to God's ways and committing ourselves to carrying out and obeying the word of the Lord as best as we are able. If we do that, we will best be able to help our pastors.
"Many of our pulpits out there are filled with hirelings. When the wolf comes, they run," he said. "We have a wolf out there right now, and it's called COVID policies. We have a wolf out there, and it's called panic, and it's called fear and lawlessness. The wolf is out there, and most of the pulpits have run, which indicates that there are more hirelings perhaps than real pastors. But nonetheless, what can the sheep do to help?
"They need to be praying," Rohrer said. "We are to pray for those who are in authority over us because they watch for our souls. So, pray for your pastor like you've never prayed before. But start in your own heart first. Then pray for your pastor, that God would put a hedge of protection around them. Pray for courage to be given to the pastor because most are fearful. They are operating in a realm they've never operated in before. They don't know how to respond when whatever the governor is saying is the law or not the law. They should, and we, the American Pastors Network, are trying to educate them."
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