"In admirable transparency, Baptist pastor Mark Littleton says, "Parishioners would never dream it, but there is a segment of the ecclesiastical nobility—myself included—for whom personal worship (aka 'devotions,' 'quiet time,' 'QT') has been a struggle.
First, it's finding the minutes.
Those phone calls in the morning always seem to foul up your communion with God.
Or maybe it's the kids. Or the sweet smell of coffee from the kitchen.' (Excerpt from Mark Littleton's "Some Quiet Confessions About Quiet Time" found in Leadership, Fall Quarter, 1983, p. 81)
(Wagner), "Many church members take for granted that their pastor, as their spiritual leader, spends considerable quality time alone with God on a regular basis.
They love their church and they love their pastor and they assume that their pastor is a 'man of God' or a 'woman of God.'
Little do they know that one of the higher items on the list of pastoral frustrations is the gap between the prayer life that pastors know they need and desire to have, but cannot seem to make happen in real life.
One pastor says, 'Like most busy people, I am plagued by pressures, deadlines, phone calls, 'emergencies,' and on and on. Sometimes I think the devil works overtime just to keep me from prayer.'
Knowing what I know about the devil, I think the last sentence
could be a severe understatement."
Today’s post -#37 Secrets of Pastors' Prayer Lives, in the series taken from C. Peter Wagner’s book, PRAYER SHIELD, How to intercede for pastors, Christian leaders and others on the spiritual frontlines.(pgs. 77,78)
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We're beginning to understand that they need our prayer support to accomplish what You've given them to do. Even those who have about given up in their ministry, can become revived if only we'd start to regularly pray for them. This is what You want us to do! We pray this in the Name of our Saviour. Amen.
(Be sure to read Sunday's post, "Who Am I?")