“I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for…. kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3 NIV
Christian leaders in the New Testament asked the people to pray for themselves and others many times. Paul, for example, asked for prayer from the Romans, the Ephesians, and the Colossians and from others. But the first example of prayer partnership can be found in Exodus 17 when the children of Israel were attacked and two men, Aaron and Hur stood with Moses their leader. They partnered with Moses by praying and supporting him. If you remember the story, Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill while Joshua went into battle. As long as Moses held the staff of God up, the Israelites were winning, but if he lowered his hands they were losing. When Moses grew tired, Aaron and Hur were there to support him. First they gave Moses a stone to sit on when his grew tired. Then they held his hands up – one on each side until the battle was won. Moses was one of the greatest leaders of all time, yet he could not do it alone. Even Moses needed assistance and encouragement. Aaron and Hur recognized his need and helped him. We need to recognize that our pastor’s and the church leaders need us to come alongside them, support them and to cover them in prayer. Ministry is not meant to be a one man show, it requires The Aaron and Hur Principle . Aaron and Hur were committed to their leaders. They were ready to jump in and help out their leader. Have you come alongside and given our leaders your 100% support? Have you recognized the need to pray for our church leaders? Lord, we pray that you will command Your angels to guard our leaders as they teach, preach, and win the lost. In Jesus’ name we cancel all assignments of the enemy against them. Pray that our leaders shall fight the good fight of faith, fleeing from evil to God by pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
If some Christians that have been complaining of their ministers had said and acted less before men and had applied themselves with all their might to cry to God for their ministers — had, as it were, risen and stormed heaven with their humble, fervent and incessant prayers for them — they would have been much more in the way of success. — Jonathan Edwards