The late Senator Robert S. Kerr was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. He was a long-time Sunday school teacher and Christian philanthropist. He gave more than $1,000,000 to Baptist institutions in Oklahoma. He had published what he called “A Prayer for My Pastor:” “Our Father, let me be a pillar of strength to help hold him up, and not a thorn in his back to pull him down. Let me support him without striving to possess him. Let me lift his hands without placing shackles around them. Let me give him help that he may devote more time in working for the salvation of others, and less time in gratifying my vanity. Let me work for him as the pastor of all the members, and not compel him to spend precious time in bragging on me. Let me be unselfish in what I do for him, and not selfish in demanding that he do more for me. Let me strive to serve him and the church much, and be happy as he serves me less and the church and others more.”1
“Join us in this work. Lend us a hand through prayer” (2 Corinthians 1:11).
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- Robert G. Lee’s Sourcebook of 500 Illustrations, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1964, “Senator’s Prayer for His Pastor”