Pray for workers
Pastor Mark Jeske
Perhaps it seems as though the world has plenty of pastors. After all, every church seems to have one (or more), right?
Jesus didn’t think so two thousand years ago, and I doubt if he thinks so today. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’” (Matthew 9:36-38).
Every significant human endeavor needs to have leadership, and so does the church. When people are not fed well with Word and the Lord’s Supper, when their path is not lit by the Light, the evil one pounces and they are harassed and helpless. God’s prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel bitterly criticized the terrible leadership that the people of Israel were saddled with in their day, which resulted in suffering, defeat, and captivity.
Jesus thought then, and he certainly thinks now, that there is a great harvest of souls ready to be called to faith and built up in their faith. Where will that leadership come from? Good leaders are God’s gifts, and we invite those gifts through our prayers. We appreciate the good leaders we have and need to recruit the next generation. Please pray for your pastor today.
And then pray that there will be someone to replace him someday.
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