In about 24 hours, a sinful man, saved by the same grace that saved you, will stand before you to do what is humanly impossible. He will open the pages of Scripture and communicate divine truth to you for your salvation and edification—truth which he has not yet fully mastered himself. This man in great weakness and dependence on God will not only seek to be God’s voice in your midst, but he will also strive to live in such an honorable and clear-conscience manner that his life is worth imitating as he follows Christ (Hebrews 13:7).
This man is your pastor. He is one of the elders the Lord has given to your local church to keep watch over your souls and who will have to give an account before God for the way in which they have fed and led you (Hebrews 13:17).
Pray for him. Pray for all your elders. They are able to do absolutely nothing on their own. But in and through Christ, they are able to fulfill their calling and faithfully guard the trust given to them. Remember them, show them the honor due the office, and follow their godly example.
If you are the one proclaiming God’s truth tomorrow, speak “as one who speaks oracles of God” by the grace you have received from God (1 Peter 4:10-11) and “… may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV).