This Sunday we pray for pastors. I thought I would blog on a man named D.L. Moody. He was one on the well known pastors of the 1800's out of Chicago. There is still a bible institute and church in Chicago that is running well 150 years later. The following is an excerpt from www.Wholesomewords.org
The year 1871 was a critical one with him. He realized more and more how little he was fitted by personal acquirements for his work, and how much he needed to be qualified for service by the Holy Spirit's power. This realization was deepened by conversations he had with two ladies who sat on the front pew in his church. He could see by the expression of their faces that they were praying. At the close of the service they would say to him, "We have been praying for you." "Why don't you pray for the people?" Mr. Moody would ask. "Because you need the power of the Spirit," was the reply. "I need the power! Why," said he, in relating the incident afterwards, "I thought I had power. I had the largest congregation in Chicago, and there were many conversions. I was in a sense satisfied. But right along those two godly women kept praying for me, and their earnest talk about anointing for special service set me thinking. I asked them to come and talk with me, and they poured out their hearts in prayer that I might receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. There came a great hunger into my soul. I did not know what it was. I began to cry out as I never did before. I really felt that I did not want to live if I could not have this power for service."
Many times we look to the pastor to feed us spiritual food and to a certain extent that is the job of a pastor. But we must remember that a pastor is just a person. They have families, they have needs. They need time to refresh and be re-energized. Moody was the pastor of one of the largest churches in Chicago and thankfully two women made a decision to pray fervently for the pastor. It wasn't as if he needed anything in particular, or at least that is what he thought. Two women saw that Moody was not preaching and ministering to the full extent of his capabilities. These two women recognized that he need a fresh power from God. It is because of two praying women that D.L. Moody began to hunger for God in a new and fresh way. He states, "I really felt that I did not want to live if I could not have this power for service." If we go to Chicago today and visit the Moody Bible Institute you will see first hand the importance of living up to God's full potential. God's full potential will always touch future generations. In this case 150 years later. As we pray today for pastors of this city, I pray that each pastor lives up to their full potential. I pray that they experience the same power that D.L. Moody experienced. I am thankful for every pastor in this and have gotten to know many of them this past year. We have good pastors here. Men and woman who love God. Make a decision to make 2009 the year that you pray for you pastor and his/her family every day.