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Finding the Men

15. November 2017

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  —Ken Smith

An excerpt from the new book With Him

Praying for Men

When I have spoken about the matter of training with church leaders, I have often run into the question, Where do you get such men? The thought behind the question is that such men just are not available. And indeed that is a real challenge. Remember God’s comment in Ezekiel 22:30: “I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.”

Without sounding simplistic, let me address this challenge. I noted when I was first exposed to this concept of training men for ministry and outreach that Jesus spent the night in prayer before He chose the Twelve. It is therefore no wonder when He looked on the crowds as scattered sheep wandering and without food, direction, or leadership that He told His men, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:37–38).

Don’t miss this: Jesus taught His men to look to God for such workers. Doesn’t that mean that God will raise up such men as we ask Him for them?

This approach to the problem is confirmed in John 17:6, Jesus’ intercessory prayer to the Father for His men, where He identified those men as “the people whom you gave me out of the world.” I gather from this that the men we seek are men who ...

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