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Sunday Prayers: Not Getting Lost

James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness

This is the one prayer that always hits the closest to home.  My job is working with people in the church.  It’s my calling, my passion, and part of my life purpose, yet…it’s also my job.  I have to guard myself against having a business-like attitude towards God’s work and His people.

I pray that God helps me to not get lost in the hustle and bustle of staffing rooms, organizing environments, and teaching large groups of children.  I pray that God will give me wisdom about how to effectively pastor the children, parents, and volunteers that I will interact with each morning.  There is the potential for life-change in every conversation I have with somebody each weekend, and I do not want to miss the opportunities that I’m given.

Thank you Jesus, that you’ve given me this unique position to influence families each and every week, and I pray that I never lose sight of the privilege afforded to me to partake in God’s redeeming plan for mankind!

This is part of the discussion started  HERE, and  HERE, and  HERE, and HERE continues the Sunday Morning Prayer Series.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Lynne · March 24, 2010

    Hey, Jonathan, thanks for this prayer series. It’s a great reminder and encouragement for me as I’m praying for our services, volunteers, and ministry. It is something that I (and probably every pastor) struggles with to not get lost in the “business” part of doing ministry. This was a great encouragement for me today!

  2. Lisa · March 31, 2010


    Have you read Piper’s “Brothers, We Are Not Professionals.” It’s REALLY good and right on with what you’re saying here. It’s short too! You should read it!