Father, as believers, we have the responsibility to serve well and to be good stewards of the gifts and talents you bestow upon us. May we sacrificially lead those near us to a place closer to Jesus. May we be good shepherds of your flock. May we live and move and exist only in your righteous power. May we now go off on our own to do your work, vacant your prompting and leading. May we always stay within the circle of your will. I ask these things in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5: 1-3 ESV)