Morning, July 7, slightly edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Brethren, pray for us.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:25
This one morning in the year we reserved to refresh the reader’s memory upon the subject of prayer for ministers, and we do most earnestly appeal to every Christian household to grant the fervent request of the above text first uttered by an apostle and now repeated by us. Brethren, our work is solemnly momentous, involving happiness or despair to thousands; we earnestly bid men heed our words, speaking for God on eternal business, and our word is either a savor of life bringing life, or of death bringing death. A very heavy responsibility rests upon us, and it will be great and merciful if at the last we be found clear of the blood of all men. As officers in Christ’s army, we are the special target of the rage of men and demons; they watch for our stumbling, and labor to trip us in our walk. Our sacred calling involves us in temptations from which you are exempt; above all it too often draws us away from our personal enjoyment of truth into a ministerial and official consideration of it. We meet with many difficult cases, and our wisdom is challenged with confusion; we observe very sad backsliding, and our hearts are grieved; we see millions perishing, and our spirits sink. We wish to profit you by our preaching; we desire to be a blessing to your children; we long to be useful both to saints and sinners; therefore, dear friends, intercede for us with our God. Without the aid of your prayers, we will be but miserable men, but we will be happy if remembered in your supplications. You do not look to us but to our Master for spiritual blessings, and yet how many times has He given those blessings through His ministers; ask then, again and again, that we may be the earthen vessels into which the Lord may put the treasure of the gospel. We, the whole company of missionaries, ministers, counselors, and students, do in the name of Jesus beg you:
“Brethren, pray for us.”
My notes: How often we forget to support those in prayer that are at the frontline of a spiritual war, and instead offer criticism of their tactics (“friendly fire”).
“Weal, or woe;” “We treat with souls for God on eternal business;” “Our wits are at a non plus;” “They watch for our halting:” This devotion is one full of Old English, that drove me to the Oxford English Dictionary. I hope my interpretation meets all expectations.
Here is part of the OED entry on “Weal:”