Leadership matters. Life-giving leadership matters. In the midst of a world that seems to have gone hay-wire, people are increasingly looking to their leaders for direction – spiritual or otherwise.
Leadership is also difficult. The responsibility that comes with the ability to influence people’s lives is great.
Thankfully, God has got this leadership thing covered. He values leaders. So much so, that He, through Paul, commands us in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 to pray for leadership:
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, for kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who wishes all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge and recognition of the [divine] truth.”
Did you notice? “… so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity”. Are you living a peaceful and quiet life? There are few places on earth today that fit that description. If we are to enjoy peace, righteousness must reign. For righteousness to reign, our leaders must be transformed.
According to Proverbs 29:2 and 16, “When the righteous are in authority and become great, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh. When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases.”
Get the picture?
Not only should those loving God – and thus wishing to please Him – be intentional about praying God’s word (and not their opinions) over and for leaders, but leaders should also make sure that their tanks remain full with the wisdom and encouragement God loves to give.
The daily blessings on this site is one way of helping leaders do this.
It is the outflow of a book, ‘Blessing Leaders – 144 blessings to pray over leaders for a transformed society’, written to help people pray God’s word over leaders, blessing them to rule in the way God intended them to rule – bringing life and opening the way for Him to bless communities, companies and nations.
Blessing Leaders can be ordered online.