Saturday nights are interesting for a Pastor. You have been preparing for Sunday morning all week so Saturday night becomes Sunday Eve. It is the night before. It is the night before the culmination of a least a week’s worth of studying, praying, fretting, practicing, worrying, anticipating, wondering and questioning. It is the night before the big test and there is another test just a big coming in a week. It is the night before an evaluation of how much your congregation likes you, at least that is how many pastors think. Saturday night thoughts are not all logical or helpful but for a pastor, at some time or another, they are all true.
There are many questions and thoughts rattling around in a pastor’s mind on Saturday night. Those questions or thoughts create a unique Saturday night prayer list for pastors. Such as …
…I studied, did I study enough?
…People were scheduled to get the building ready for tomorrow, I pray that they all did their part.
…Our teachers and small group leaders have been preparing all week, I pray the people in their classes or groups show up tomorrow.
…I am burdened for ______________ I pray that they are in church tomorrow so that they can be encouraged by the message and the people.
…Our giving has been running behind the expenses recently, I pray the offering is good tomorrow.
…I am really burdened for tomorrow’s message, I pray that I am able to get the right words to come out of mouth as I preach. I pray that the words I have prepared are understood and reach people’s hearts and minds.
…I pray that everyone who is scheduled to minister tomorrow shows up.
…I pray that our technology works tomorrow.
…I pray that some of my people are praying for me tonight.
…We have a lot of things happening in the church, I pray that people pay attention to the announcements and the bulletin.
…Many people have been invited to attend tomorrow, I pray that some of them show up. I also pray that our people really welcome any visitors.
…So many people are hurting in many ways, I pray that our people embrace one another and show real compassion.
…There are several who regularly attend without their spouse, I pray that tomorrow some of those spouses show up.
…What have I forgotten? I pray that I haven’t forgotten anything.
…I pray that I am able to stay focused amidst all the chaos that can take place just before the worship service begins.
…I pray that I don’t fall down as I go up to preach.
…I pray that I don’t mispronounce anything tomorrow (again).
…I pray that I am able to rest well tonight.
Here’s hoping that those of you who are pastors can rest well this Saturday night and that all your prayers are answered tomorrow. Here’s hoping that those of you who are not pastors will spend a little time thinking of and praying for your pastor this Saturday night. If you do pray for your pastor be sure inform him/her on Sunday, you just might be an answer to their prayers.