Praying for Christ’s Leadership in the Church
WE have talked quite a bit about prayer lately. We have talked quite a bit about leadership lately as well. So lets talk about praying for Christ’s leadership in the church.
1 Peter 5:1-4
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.
So Jesus is the Great Shepherd, the Senior Pastor if you will, of the church. It is His leadership that we need the most. So lets pray for His leadership in the church.
Although there are various leadership metaphors in the Scripture, one that always catches my eye is the idea of Jesus as “prophet, priest & king.”
Lets pray for Jesus’ leadership in each of these areas.
1. How would we go about praying for Jesus’ prophetic voice in the church?
* Pray for husbands to lead their households toward God’s Will and to speak truth into their families.
* Pray for moms and dads to teach their children the gospel of Jesus and to build Biblical world-views in their families.
* Pray for small group and Sunday school teachers to empower their people to love the Bible and to strive to know it and live by it.
* Pray for worship leaders to spread the gospel in the songs and creative artwork of the church.
* Pray for teaching pastors and elders as they oversee, motivate and teach the theology of the church.
* Pray for the people of the church to hear God’s voice and be open to it.
2. How would we go about praying for Jesus’ kingly voice in the church?
* Pray for the organizational structure of the church… that your church would be organized for great success in ministry.
* Pray for the communication in the church so that unity will be strengthened, people valued and mission motivated.
* Pray for those already serving to raise up and encourage other leaders to take their place and even improve on the roles they have played.
* Pray for a volunteer spirit in the crowd to become a ‘worker in the harvest.’
* Pray for biblical order and authority in the church.
* Pray for leadership wisdom and managerial strength in the church.
* Pray that God stand in the way of burnout and that His servants would be encouraged and full of hope.
3. How would we go about praying for Jesus’ priestly voice in the church?
* Pray for the sick.
* Pray for the hurting.
* Pray for the helpless.
* Pray for the lonely.
* Pray for the outcast.
* Pray for the lost.
* Pray for the broken.
Get the picture? And in all things, pray for God’s Will through Christ in the church. This marks the beginning of spiritual renewal and revival in any church.