There is a scripture in the New Testament that should serve as a somber warning to the Saints around the world-
“…I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.” Mark 14:27
Of course, this scripture was speaking about Jesus. Now if this principle applied to Him, how much more do you think it applies to us?
Paul said, “… a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are MANY adversaries…”
I Corithinians 16:9
There were many adversaries then, and there are many adversaries now. And due to the acceleration and speed of the times in which we live, our adversaries have a greater opportunity to bombard us.
We need to pray FERVENTLY for our leaders, that God will protect them and their families, keep their revelation fresh and relevant, and bless them with long life.
Even if we’re only doing it for ostensibly selfish reasons – for our own stability and peace of mind…
This lack of fervent prayer is one reason some of our notable leaders have died, very possibly before their time, such as Kim Clement, Myles Munroe, and John Paul Jackson – all of whom died in their late fifties, or early sixties. Do you really think that God was done with them?
Were the saints of God covering them in prayer, or did the Body Of Christ (especially in North America) assume that these great men of God were beyond the need of an extensive, protective prayer covering – that somehow, these men had reached a pinnacle of power and authority where agonizing prayer for them and their families was not required…
I also know of other preachers and leaders who have suffered seemingly premature deaths. In a number of these cases, the primary cause of death was a massive heart attack, as these men ranged in age anywhere from their early 50’s, to their early 60’s…
Were these early demises symptomatic of bad diet, lack of exercise, or did these men that carry too much of the burden of ministry upon their own shoulders?
This questionable prayer covering is also a possible ‘cause of casualty’ for some other leaders in the Body in America, who shall remain nameless. These also have recently died – of less than honorable causes. I have to wonder if this is one of the reasons why these men were so vulnerable to the attack of the enemy in the first place…
In the ‘tabloid times’ in which we live, it seems that we are too easily titillated by the tawdry details of the latest scandal or death involving a man or woman of God. We would be well reminded of the scriptural principle set forth in Galatians 6:1 – “Brethren if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest you also be tempted.”
TRANSLATION: When we fail to pray for one another, and have the proper posture of love towards each other, this is when we set ourselves up – and the ‘others’, to be targets of the enemy…Tagged: Christianity Church Prayer