Several years ago, I listened from my hotel room as the call to prayer sounded over the loudspeakers. Muslims all over the city were getting out of their beds before the sun had risen to get on their knees and pray. I remember the conviction I felt as I watched their dedication and commitment to pray. Beloved, I believe God is calling us to seek his face.
My heart is heavy as I write this post and I ask you to join me in praying for Christians in leadership. I’ve had several calls recently from minister’s wives who are experiencing gut-wrenching pain and heartache due to their husbands’ sins. These men of God have fallen into depression, addictions (pornography, substance abuse, gambling, etc.), adultery, and more. I write this not to bash these men in any way, but to call us to prayer. Satan wants nothing more than to kill, steal and destroy, and he often attacks families in leadership.
I can remember the loneliness that we experienced as we struggled in silence with the symptom’s of Michael’s bipolar disorder. Who does the minister talk to about his struggles? Many will lose their jobs if they bring their sins out of the dark and into the light, so fear keeps them entangled in their sin.
I ask you today, to take a few moments and pray for anyone you know in the ministry. Pray that God will keep them from temptation and restore broken relationships. Pray that God will redeem their hurts for his glory. Pray that these ministers will find safe people to confide in and to seek help.
We are called to laugh with those who laugh and to mourn with those who mourn. Today, I grieve with my dear sisters who are mourning their husband’s poor choices. I pray that God in his infinite grace and goodness would comfort their hearts and restore their joy.
I’m not sounding a siren from a loud speaker, but I am pleading with you to join me in prayer. Will you take a minute to get on your knees before the Lord even now?