I Will Pray for My Church Leaders
I would encourage all of us to pray. Jesus our Lord and Savior not only taught us to pray (Matthew 6:5 – 14, Luke 11: 1 – 13), He often prayed himself. He even prayed for you and me, John 17 records, what some Bibles call “The High Priestly Prayer”. In this prayer Jesus prays for himself and His disciples. John 17:20 says “My prayer is not for them alone (His disciples). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” Brothers and Sisters, that is us. He is praying for you and me!
Why would Jesus pray? He is the Son of God, after all. The answer to that question is found in Philippians 2:5 -7, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” He is not only God, He is also human. We as humans need the power of God in our lives, and that power is availed to us through prayer.
Here are some other things the Bible says about prayer: Romans 8:26, 27 says “In the same way the spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us, with groans that words cannot express.” The Spirit helps us pray. I Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray continually”. Make it a habit to pray, it is a good habit, do not quit. I Timothy 2:1, 2 instructs us: “I urge then first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Pray for everyone, especially for our church leaders.
Who are our church leaders? They are our ministers, elders, deacons, teachers, ministry team leaders, and so forth. What should we pray for? We should pray for wisdom in their preaching, teaching, holding to the word of truth, their families, health (physical & spiritual), protection against the devil, and evil men, the list goes on. It is important that we keep lifting them up in prayer!