Leadership and Prayer

The leaders of today’s church need to fully recognize that they are called to pray. It is so easy to get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent and lose our primary focus. The early apostles understood that their primary call was to the Word of God and prayer (Acts 6:4-6).


A brief study of the life of the apostle Paul makes it clear that he prayed regularly and that prayer made up a significant part of his schedule. Not only did he wait on God for personal direction and provision, but he also spent time in prayer for those under his

charge. Notice how Paul prayed for people. He prayed-


·         That they might live in honesty and sincerity (Phil. 1:10)

·         That they might be full of the fruit of the Spirit (Phil. 1:10)

·         That they might know the will of God (Col. 119; 4:12)

·         That they might walk worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:10)

·         That they might increase in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10)

·         That they might be strengthened with all might (Col. 1:11)

·         That the patience of Christ might be worked in them (Col. 1:11)

·         That they might fulfill God’s call on their lives (2 Thess. 1:11)

·         That they might bring glory to God’s name (2 Thess. 1:12)

·         That they might know the hope of their calling (Eph. 1:15-18)

·         That they might know the power of God on their lives (Eph. 1:19)

·         That they might effectively communicate their faith to others (Phlm. 4 6)