How Preachers Are Made

      John Welsh (1568 – 1622) was a Scottish Presbyterian leader. After being a wayward youth, he was converted, became a minister, and married Elizabeth, a daughter of John Knox. His preaching resulted in his imprisonment by order of King James VI of Scotland. In 1606, he was exiled to France where he continued his ministry. He begged his congregation, “Pray for your pastor; pray for his body that he may be kept strong and spared many years. Pray for his soul that he may be kept humbled and holy, a burning and shining light. Pray for his ministry that it may be anointed to preach good tidings. Let there be no secret prayer without naming him before your God, no family prayer without carrying your pastor in your hearts to God.”1

      Paul requested of the Colossian believers, “Pray for us, also, that God may open a door to us for the Word (the Gospel) to proclaim the mystery concerning Christ (the Messiah) on account of which I am in prison; that I may proclaim it fully and make it clear [speak boldly] as is my duty” (Colossians 4:3, 4).

      “The preacher is to be prayed for; the preacher is made by prayer” (E. M. Bounds).2


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