(Exo. 28:29) “And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.”
When Aaron went before the Lord he had to take the burdens and sins of his people before the Lord. He essentially had to have a prayer burden for his people. As it was then it is today the pastors who are leading God’s people today must have a prayer burden for the congregation. He must be one who prays for the congregation continually. He must be prepared to take the names of all the people in the ministry which he leads before the Lord in prayer. If nobody else is praying; if nobody else is interceding; if nobody else is bringing God’s people into the presence of God the pastor must at least be sure that he is. Thus, the people of God should be engraved in his heart. Any pastor who is not praying for the people whom he leads is not pastoring at all, but he is simply a hireling. Many times the thing which separates the true shepherd from the hireling is his level of prayer concerning the congregation in which he leads. Now I am sure that Aaron the priest of Israel had a copious prayer burden because he was leading a congregation of two million or more. However, that’s not many pastors problem today; in fact, the majority of congregations in America are certainly less than a thousand members. Somehow Aaron found a way to pray and take the names of his congregation before the Lord. Therefore, the question is: If you are a leader of God’s people what is it that’s keeping you from praying for the congregation that you lead?
God Bless You.