On Watch for
Christian Leaders

 
We are living through a time of great shaking: "At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." (Heb 12:26).
 
This shaking from God has rocked the Christian world. The world's media has been replete with stories of sin in the church. Part of the Catholic Church in the States looks like going into bankruptcy as a result of legal costs. Similarly the Anglican church in Canada has been pretty well bankrupted. Sin in the church has been shaken out into the limelight and we are ashamed because so much of the church (especially in the West) has failed to adequately represent Jesus to our communities.
 
However there are things we can do about this as individuals. There are positive and constructive ways for us to respond...
 
Being a Christian leader is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. In his book Prayer Shield, Peter Wagner offers five reasons pastors and other Christian leaders are in great need of watchmen interceding for them:

 

1. Pastors have more Responsibility and Accountability
James 3:1, "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judg­ment."

2. Pastors Are More Subject to Temptation
Make no mistake about it, the higher up you go on the ladder of Christian leadership, the higher you go on Satan's hit list.

3. Pastors Are More Targeted by Spiritual Warfare
It has now become known that over the last several years satanists, witches, New Ager's, occult practition­ers, shamans, spiritists and other servants of darkness have entered into an evil covenant to pray to Satan for the breakdown of marriages of pastors and Christian leaders. The spiritual warfare has intensified.

4. Pastors Have More Influence on Others
The fourth reason why pastors need intercession more than other Christians is that by the very nature of their ministry they have more influence on others.

5. Pastors Have More Visibility
Because pastors are up front, they are constantly subject to gossip and criticism.

In the book, Wagner elaborates more thoroughly on each reason. Elsewhere he says, "To the degree the intercessors pray, the leaders gain protection against the fiery darts of the wicked one, over and above the whole armor of God they are responsible for using."

In the excellent training resource, Becoming a Prayer Warrior, Beth Alves offers a suggested daily guide to praying for spiritual leaders, which Wagner summarised as follows:

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Sunday
Favour with God (spiritual revelation, anointing, holiness).

Monday
Favour with others (congregations, ministry staff, unsaved).

Tuesday
Increased vision (wisdom and enlightenment, motives, guidance).

Wednesday
Spirit, Soul, Body (health, appearance, attitudes, spiritual and physical wholeness).

Thursday
Protection (temptation, deception, enemies).

Friday
Finances (priorities, blessings).

Saturday
Family (general, spouse, children).

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You are invited to print out this guide and slip it into your Bible as a daily prayer reminder. Let us arise to the occasion of being watchman in our part of the Vineyard ~ especially for the leaders the Lord has sent to us.

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