《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1Ti 5:17)
Meditation one: Why should God’s servants or shepherds are worthy of believers’ acknowledgement? Because they are among you who are laboring for the kingdom of God, who are called by God to shepherd, govern, teach, train, care, and admonish you. Their dedication to the Lord is to answer God’s noble call. They are the messengers of Christ, so we should have the same mindset as Christ Jesus, take special care of them in love, and use practical actions to obey the servants who honor God.
Meditation two: How do we pray for the shepherd (servant of God)? Pray for God to give him the courage to preach the word of God, so that he can work for the Lord with the power of God. Also ask God to give his family grace and harmony, so that he will have no worries. Pray that God will protect him from Satan’s attack. The servants of God are often forwards on the spiritual warfare and are the targets of Satan’s attacks. Satan knows that when the shepherd has been knocked down, his ministry in the church will fail and the name of God will suffer loss. In fact, when we intercede for the shepherd, we are working together with the servant of God.
Prayer: God heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing work of redemption. Had you not called people to preach the gospel to me, I would have been outside the door of salvation. Please give me a heart of thanksgiving. I am willing to acknowledge, with all my heart, the servants whom you have called in the church, and actively care, support, pray for them always and be willing to work with them. As Paul said, “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you” (1Th 5:12). I pray in the victorious name of the Lord Jesus, Amen!