1) It’s not just any organization! Whether yours is a business you have dedicated to the Lord or you are a church leader… this isn’t business as usual. Be intentional about letting the CEO of our faith chair every gathering and join Him in the agenda He is setting.
2) You aren’t in control. We have a tendency to be “control freaks” as leaders. Prayer serves to keep us from over-reacting when we are reminded that we aren’t in control. We have been given a limited sphere of influence for an even more limited amount of time. Prayer serves to acknowledge this and turn control back over to the One who is.
3) You need to know what you don’t know. We also have a proclivity to be a “know it all.” However, we simply don’t. A simple and necessary prayer should be, “Lord, please let us know what we don’t know about…” This humble plea is an admission of our lack and God’s supply of wisdom. We are reminded, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
4) It’s what we do. Regardless of title or position, if you are a Christ-follower, then it’s just what we do… all the time. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) is a short and sweet command for the lifestyle we have signed up for as Christians. Prayer doesn’t just happen. We are prone to substitute the “attitude of prayer” for actual prayer. Purpose to practice constant prayer in your personal, family and leadership life.
5) God only knows what’s next. We vision, plan and promote with excellence as leaders. Still, the hard truth is, we have no clue what is really going to happen next. This is on a need-to-know basis. Since God is the only one who knows, it would be a good idea to keep the communication lines open.
Why do you pray as a leader? What kinds of prayers would you suggest? Share your thoughts in the Reply section below…