A Prayer for Brother Shepherds

Father, I pray for my brother shepherds as they shepherd Your people. There will be many emotions in the days ahead with election results, the rioting in different locations, COVID fatigue, and normal struggles. May they shepherd Your flock with care and patience. May they lead them to the all-sufficient Savior and not to themselves. May they not see their church family’s struggles as a nuisance. Enable them not to shrink away from messiness. May they embrace the ministry You have called them to by grace. Remind them that this is for their good and the good of Your family to be conformed to the image of Jesus. Set their hearts on the atoning work of Jesus at the cross, His victorious resurrection and ascension, and the confidence of His return. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.