Prayer and the Work of the Pastor

For all of my fellow pastors, consider these words from E.M. Bounds on the goal of pastoral ministry.

It was claimed for Augustus Caesar that he found Rome a city of wood, and he left it a city of marble.  Pastors who succeed in changing their people from a prayerless to a prayerful people have done a greater work than did Augustus in changing a city from wood to marble.  After all, this is the prime work of pastors…Pastors are not sent to merely induce people to join the Church, nor merely to get them to do better.  They are sent to get people to pray, to trust God, and to keep God always before their eyes so that they may not sin against Him.

 

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