Thursday, August 02, 2007

Winslow on pastors' weaknesses and needs

Octavius Winslow's Morning Thoughts and Evening Thoughts are two of my favorite devotional books. His August 1 and August 2 morning readings are good reminders of how much pastors need the prayers of their people. I have often thought that if my people really knew how weak I am they would desperately pray for me more than they do--and I am quite confident that most of them pray regularly for me now.

Consider this sample of Winslow's insights:
Who are ministers of Christ? Are they angels? Are they superhuman beings? Are they inspired? No, they are men in all respects like others. They partake of like infirmities, are the subjects of like assaults, and are estranged from nothing that is human. As the heart knows its own bitterness, so they only are truly aware of the existence and incessant operation of those many and clinging weaknesses of which they partake in sympathy with others. And yet God has devolved upon them a work which would crush an angel's powers, if left to his self-sustaining energy.
If you are a pastor, read Winslow and be reminded of your weakness. If you have a pastor, read Winslow and remember to pray for those who are charged with the responsibility to care for your souls.

You can find the readings for the whole month of August here at the Grace Gems website.


James Riker said...

Thank you for this timely word. The August 2nd reading was very convicting. In the past I have found myself judging my pastor for not preaching expository sermons and I wasn't even praying for him. Mr Winslow spoke very aptly about why pastors need our prayer. A pastor takes on the hurts of his congregation and yet he is still human and has his own needs. I will be praying for my pastor. How foolish I was!

David B. Hewitt said...

Brother Tom,

An Amen once again for your always timely posts. This was an important reminder, for me as I am sure for others. Given my current situation, I am being reminded on many fronts that I am weak and unable to affect my circumstances in the ways that I would like, but it is an intense comfort that where I am weak, He is strong.

God bless you, brother.


Tom - IgniteUS, Inc. said...


THANKS for the note on Pastor's needs. I recently wrote in defense of pastoral deficiencies. Our Seminaries do not provide the full scope of equipping. We ought not criticize a leader for what he has not been trained in or equipped. Better to offer what is needed.
In Grace,