You might think that your pastor should always be full of faith, spiritually strong, invincible, healthy, and secure. After all, he is the one assigned by God to watch over your soul. Although the pastor is called to be holy, he is still a mortal being, tasked with the weight of leadership. He desires and needs the congregation’s prayers, support, encouragement, and respect.
As the pastor of the Antioch Church Family for over 27 years, I can say that I am one of the most blessed spiritual leaders in the Bay Area. I lead a wonderful congregation who follows me as I follow Christ; who prays for me when illness strikes my body; who bands together and cries out to God when I feel weak or discouraged. I am grateful for leaders who step up to the plate and take responsibility when needed. I am also grateful for all of you who remain prayerful and faithful during the medical trial that I am facing. I’m grateful that God is extending His grace to
me in my deepest distress. I’m like the prophet, Hezekiah. After God told him to get his house in order, he turned his face to the wall and prayed…God restored him and added years to his life.
My Prayer: Oh, Father of Mercy and Grace: Strengthen me physically and emotionally when I feel weak. Encourage my heart when I feel disheartened. Renew and strengthen me and help me to rest in You. I trust you for my complete healing. Isaiah 35:3, 1 Thess 5:14, Matt 11:28.
In Jesus Name, Amen
Pastor R. Mario Howell