When Ministry Becomes Intense

March 27, 2012 by Paul Chappell

Saturday and Sunday were two days of intense outreach and giving at Lancaster Baptist Church. On Saturday, our church family knocked on almost 25,000 doors, sharing the Gospel and inviting people to our resurrection musical. On Sunday, we gave a special offering for the Elevate & Magnify building project. God blessed both days in a miraculous way.

Any pastor or spiritual leader who has been involved in such an intense week of outreach and giving knows that the time leading up to it is a predictably intense season of spiritual warfare.

What do you do to prepare for the spiritual drain and satanic attack during these times?

As we approached this past weekend, the Lord drew my attention to Ephesians 6:18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

During times of intense ministry and intense spiritual warfare, you simply go back to the basics of the Christian life.

Pray.

Prayer is part of our spiritual armor and is a powerful weapon in spiritual attack. The flesh can only take us so far in ministry, and then we run out of resources. But through praying “in the Spirit,” God infuses us with His grace and equips us with His strength.

As you read Ephesians 6:18, you get the idea that God wants us to take hold of prayer and not let go. He tells us to pray with perseverance (continually) and supplication (earnestly).

During the busiest, most intense seasons, beware of the tendency to neglect your most needful weapon—prayer.


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