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Summary: We need to build a support team to hold our pastors and leaders through the dark seasons they face. Prayer support is a effective tool.

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JOIN THE TEAM, HOLD YOUR PASTOR'S BASKET...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

I. IT WAS KILL THE PREACHER MENTALITY...

THE POPULAR MINDSET WAS AGAINST THE LOCAL PASTOR...

A. NOTHING COULD STOP THE ATTACK,

IT WAS BY POPULAR DEMAND...

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church

unto God for him.

[6] And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between

two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

[7] And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he

smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off

from his hands.

[8] And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he

saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

[9] And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel;

but thought he saw a vision.

[10] When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that

leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed

on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

[11] And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath

sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of

the people of the Jews.

[12] And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John,

whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

[14] And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and

told how Peter stood before the gate.

[15] And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so.

Then said they, It is his angel.

B. A TEAM OF PRAYER WARRIORS KEEP THE MESSAGE GOING...

II. THE LOAD OF MINISTRY AND PEOPLE NOT LIKING THE MESSAGE PLACES

THE MINISTER AND THE MINISTRY IN GREAT DANGER...

A. THE ARE DANGERS TO STOP THE WRITTEN AND SPOKEN WORD...

Acts 9:25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

2 Cor. 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

B. WHO HELD THE ROPES FOR PAUL?

C. SOME UN-NAMED TEAM MEMBERS LOCAL SUPPORT KEEPS THE MINISTER AND

THE GOSPEL ALIVE... AND THRIVING...

D. HOLD THE ROPE IN PRAYER...

III. PAUL GIVES A 7 FOLD PRAYER TO HOLD THE ROPE AND JOIN THE TEAM FOR

THE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL...

1. PRAY FOR UNITY...

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love

of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

2. PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE... PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL...

Romans 15:31 A... That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judea;...

3. PRAY FOR ACCEPTANCE...

Romans 15:31 B... ...and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the

saints;

4. PRAY FOR JOY AND REFRESHMENT...

Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be

refreshed.

5. PRAY FOR AN OPEN DOOR...

Col. 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance,

to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

6. PRAY FOR A REIGN OF PEACE...

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

7. PRAY FOR WORKERS: THOSE ALREADY WORKING===PRAY FOR MORE TO HELP...

Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers

are few;

[38] Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

PLEASE JOIN THE TEAM AND PRAY FOR THE LOCAL PASTOR...

His servant, Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

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