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The Power of a Praying Pastor

However, just because we say the words does not mean we have submitted to Christ’s authority. I think that was what Jesus was communicating to the disciples.

Effective, life-transforming ministry never comes through the power of man but through the power of God. Man is simply a conduit through which God works.

Prayer—robust prayer—is a tool by which we keep the conduit free of obstruction and full of faith.

E.M. Bounds once wrote, “Prayer puts God’s work in his hands—and keeps it there.”

Now, here is the interesting part of the conversation between Jesus and the boy’s father. When the man says to Jesus, “If you can heal my son …” Jesus questions the man’s faith. “If?” Jesus asks. “Where is your faith?” He probes.

The man says, “I believe, help my unbelief.”

This is where every believer in every church lives his or her life. They believe, but need the power of Christ to help their unbelief. Only the praying pastor can be of help to such a soul!

Truly, you have no ministry if your ministry has no prayer.  

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After serving in campus ministry at the University of Central Arkansas and coordinating student conferences for the Department of Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our Church to be Christ to my family and me during that time.” After seven years of pastoring, Scott was selected as the Executive Director of DiscipleGuide Church Reources, a department of the Baptist Missionary Association of America. Scott’s most important ministry is to his son, Bryce.