Pray for pastors

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Pastor Steven Fernandez

At left, Pastor Steven Fernandez. His first pastor, George Neos, at right, when he went to visit him.

Pastor Steven Fernandez had just broken the hinge on his car door. He was driving home with it roped up, and the cable for the clutch snapped, leaving him stalled in traffic — late at night, on the dangerous streets of Guatemala City. With some natives helping, he managed to get the Fiat home only to find a screw in one of his tires. Sigh!

Iglesia La Puerta

This is what we live for — and what we go through so much for. Pray for pastors!

Pastor Steven took over the Guatemalan work after I left the country. Unaccustomed to such Third World ailments common on the mission field, he is grappling with things he never experienced in America. Alas, poverty.


Cars are always breaking down for missionaries and pastors.

I remember passing through  these kinds of nightmares. Roofs drip like a waterfall during thunderstorms. Water doesn’t come out of the faucet for weeks at a time. Power outages mean you keep candles handy (I preached through a power outage once holding a candle close to my notes!) Ah! The adventures of being a missionary! All this reminiscing is making me yearn to go back!


Pastor Steven says — correctly — that when the devil’s attacks intensifies, revival is just around the corner.

Amid hand-wringing and nostalgia, one thing is clear: All pastors need our prayers. As church-goers, we forget that pastors are even more in Satan’s gunsights than us. It’s typical for pastors to face hardships of finances, of family and of car breakdowns. We need to sustain them with prayer!

Don’t complain about some ill-spoken word from your pastor (he’s human too!). Pray for him. Pray for revival, for his family, for his checkbook, for his car. Remember what the Bible says: And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. Matt. 10:42 NIV.

If giving a cup of water nets reward, how much more so if you give him a cappuccino pray for him!

28 responses to “Pray for pastors

  1. East Asian and Pacific Affairs

    Keep up the good work!

  2. We had a priest last year speak at our church. He was around 70 and came out of retirement to tend a mission on a remote mountain top that I had never heard of. He talked about learning to ride a donkey at his age because the road only went a little way up the mountain. No electricity. They still wash their clothes in the mountain stream. It was quite the eye-opener.

  3. Blessings,

    Yes they are only human and we do need to be praying for them. What they do is not a simple task in the least. I’m really joyful because you brought this to light. Thank you kindly.

    God bless you and yours,

  4. Thank you for encouraging us to PRAY! God bless you!

  5. judy mershon

    Mr mustard seed budget, you have a way of describing events and then tying them to the Bible that is truly funny and memorable. (I guess it helps to have gone thru it yourself.)Judy of Santa Monia

  6. noordinaryjoy61

    I stopped right now to pray for you, your wife, your family, and ministry. And also for your checkbook and car. The God of all grace will supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Prayer changes things!!!

  7. Pastors and teachers should receive double honour: double the prayers and pay according to the Word (I TIM. 5:17-18). We must ensure we are paying our pastor properly so he is not in poverty or we will not receive OUR reward.

  8. God bless! God bless! If we could just catch a glimpse of what missionaries have been through, go through, feel, don’t feel…if we could only see through their heart. Nothing would hold us back from helping and supporting for their sacrifices. Thanks for serving Jesus for ME in the area he called your family to. We pray for your family every day.

  9. This charge is so encouraging for would-be pastors… may his grace be upon you and your family, the strength, spirit and resources… for every other missionary out there too… in Jesus name. Amen

  10. Patricia Peterson

    Very nice Mike!

    From: Mustard Seed Budget Reply-To: Mustard Seed Budget Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 3:17 PM To: Subject: [New post] Pray for pastors Resent-From: Info EPM Resent-To: Patricia Peterson Resent-Date: Mon, 06 May 2013 16:24:07 -0700 posted: ” How to pray? Prayers of the Bible Pastor Steven Fernandez had just broken the hinge on his car door. He was driving home with it roped up, and the cable for the clutch snapped, leaving him stalled in traffic — late at night, on the dangerous “

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