A Passionate Pastor
INTRODUCTION: These closing words give a summary of what has been said and serves as a final word of encouragement to the Hebrew believers. These words show us the deepest desires and truest longings in the heart of the man of God. The writer has roamed the Old Testament for illustrations, examples, and verses to support his warning and pleas. He has appealed to the conscience, the intellect, the emotions, and the will. He has balanced the sufferings of his present time against the glory which is to be revealed. Let's look at a Spirit-led leader's heart for and to his people.
I. HIS REQUEST FOR PRAYER. 18-19
A. HELPFUL. 18a
''pray for us'' - he is soliciting their prayers. Prayer makes things possible; it moves the hand of God. He needed prayer support. He is confessing his need.
God's leaders face temptations that most other believers do not face to the same degree, because Satan knows that if he can undermine the leaders, many others will go down with them. If he can get them to compromise, to weaken their stand, to lessen their efforts, to become dejected and hopeless, he has caused the work of Christ great damage.
ILLUSTRATE: Thank God for all of you that pray for me. Eph 6:18-19, ''praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.''
I Thes 5:25, ''Brethren, pray for us.''
II Thes 3:1, ''Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you.''
Rom 15:30, ''Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me.''
II Cor 1:11, ''you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons o ...
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