15 Dec Pray for Our Leaders
Thought for the Day: Pray for our leaders!
In March 2020, at Faith Community Church, we started what we call our PEP Group (Pray Effectively and Persistently). The purpose was to meet and pray for our congregation, community, and world. After initially meeting for one hundred consecutive days on Zoom, we transitioned to prayer walks. Now, this group writes down the prayer requests on Sunday, keeps tabs on our internet prayer list, and distributes this list each week. In addition to praying for the sick and those dealing with crises, our prayer group is committed to praying for our leaders.
Writing to the Church in Colossae, the Apostle Paul had an unusual request. Instead of only instructing them on how to follow Jesus in their daily lives, Paul asked them to specifically pray for him. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us”. He reminded his readers that having a relationship with Jesus includes taking time to pray for our leaders. Often, leaders can become the under-appreciated cogs in the various wheels of our lives. While valuing the co-workers they are friendly with, many find their bosses annoying. When we aren’t careful, we can get caught up having strong opinions about our leaders and forget to pray for them.
How much better would our world be if each of us took the time to pray for our leaders? Let’s not get caught up in frustration when we realize that situations and circumstances are outside of our control. We know that there will always be things that don’t work the way we would like. What if we re-invested the time we use up complaining about our leaders and used that time to pray for them to have wisdom as they lead?
We invite you today to commit time each day to simply pray for our leaders!
Pastors Stan and David