Last time we talked about the road rules for delivering revelatory words to your pastor:
1.) When you have communicated your revelation, your job is done.
2.) It is the pastor’s job to discern your word and do with it as he thinks best.
3.) The pastor gets the vision and makes decisions for the church, not the intercessors.
I hear the stories over and over – prophets and intercessors thinking that just because they had a word, the pastor must do what they say. I’ve got news for you: the Kingdom of Heaven does not revolve around you! Your word could be wrong, believe it or not. It could be right, but for a later time. It could be a mixture of right-on prophecy and imperfect interpretation of how it is to be implemented.
Let’s even suppose that you have heard something of a directional nature for your pastor, and that it is completely accurate. (Directional words should be rare. Because revelation on vision is the pastor’s domain, he also gets most of the details of direction to implement that.) Let’s suppose he IS spiritually obtuse and is totally missing the boat by dismissing what you have said. He is still the shepherd of his congregation, and you are not. God will honor his position of authority, and if you buck it, you are out of line with God. God has more grace and mercy toward your pastor than you do, and He knows exactly how to get the message across in His way and time.
Always remember that intercessors do not guide the church. We are a support for our pastors. We feed information to them, but it is their job to process that information. If your pastor messes up, it’s not your problem. Just keep on supporting him.
It is not your place to pray against the pastor’s vision, even if you think it is totally wrong. It is not even your place to pray that God would give the pastor a change of heart, or make him more spiritual, so that he can see it the way you do. The appropriate thing to do is lay your pride and opinion aside and align yourself with your pastor and his vision.
Having said that, there are situations where aligning oneself with a particular vision is not possible, whether for moral reasons or because one’s heart-cry is just not being satisfied under that vision. For example, perhaps you are a Spirit-filled believer, but your pastor and church family are not open to the gifts of the Spirit. Or you are distressed over doctrinal differences between you and your pastor. If you cannot peaceably and lovingly live and align yourself with your pastor’s vision, the kindest thing you can do for your church is to go elsewhere, no matter who is right or wrong. If you are not in unity, you are only hindering that body of believers from moving forward by staying.
Perhaps your heart is pure in the whole matter, and you have tried your best to make it work, but you just cannot be happy. There is room in God’s heart for you to find a new church home with people likeminded with your inclinations. Do seek the Lord’s guidance before making a change, asking Him to search your heart for sinful attitudes, but know that it is not a crime to leave a church behind. Sometimes it is best for all parties concerned.
Next time: When interceding for your pastor is your specialty.
Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual