doctorWhy do you need a prayer for leadership? The reason a prayer for leadership is important is that it helps shed the stress and burdens carried by the leader. Ultimately, this gives you, the leader piece of mind by passing along your responsibilities to a higher power. By doing this, you have a chance to center yourself, press the reset button, and focus on being the best leader possible.
Your followers, on the other hand, can also pray for you. When your fans pray for you, they show support indirectly. By taking this action, they are also developing a stronger bond with you.
Personal Experience with Cancer
I found a prayer for leadership and it resonates with me because of a personal connection.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. The news delivered by the doctor was debilitating. You see, I was sitting there stunned by what he said. The word cancer to me was a death sentence.
Fortunately, me fiancé was at my side. My wife’s background in nursing proved to be especially useful as my wife held her composure. She proceeded to have a conversation with the doctor discussing my healthcare plan and asking detailed questions. The answers to these issues allowed her to serve as my advocate
With time, I was only able to muster one question during this meeting. How much time do I have left? He tried to put my worries aside stating that I was fortunate to attract a form of cancer that was curable.
The problem was going to be the journey through treatment but not one I would have to start immediately. In fact, the stated that I had time to decide when to launch the regiment. To me, there was no option. The word cancer scared me, and I was scared to undergo any surgery. I was stuck, in a difficult situation, with no alternative. I felt like everything was out of my control.
My fiancé said there was an option. I may not be in control, but my wife would stand by me helping to make the difficult decisions. The first choice in her mind was starting as quickly as possible. She knew that if I walked away, I was not going to come back.
Within a day, I was scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor. I would then start cancer treatment two weeks later. The treatment consisted of daily treatments. There would be forty total hours of intravenous chemo medication over a nine-week period.
During this time, I would repeat a part of the serenity prayer.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
To this day, I occasionally reflect on these words. When I do, I am reminded of the struggle I underwent with my bout of cancer. In the end, I would end up winning this fight and find myself in remission!
After my trials and tribulations, I thought it would be important to reflect and discover my calling. Contemplating my journey has led me to find ways to lead through teaching and education. My goal is to help and develop others be a better leader. I want to live life to the fullest for other who had no option. If this prayer for leadership helps you or the story moves you please share with others.
How do we pray for our country and its leaders, current and future? Does our vote really matter? And for whom do we vote? Can we or our prayers help turn the tide of our nation? If you’re seeking answers for any of these questions, here’s a prayer that might help!
Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honor You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.
Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energize their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.
Raise up leaders with the greatest potential of godly leadership, those who can ease confusion, expose illusion, and heal delusion. You alone hold the power to turn the hearts of leaders, but You listen and use our prayers to move them into right action. Help us to be faithful to care and to pursue Your heart in prayer.
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Help our leaders to be quick to admit failure, but ready to rebound in persistent resilience. Encourage them to choose wisely, and when they don’t know what to do, help them keep their eyes on You. Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings. Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption.
As a nation, God, help us to desire righteousness more than rights, and to mirror sacrifice more than selfishness. You know us well, and You understand our flaws. Turn those weaknesses into strengths; bathe us with Your grace and mercy, though none of us deserve it. Fill us with the boldness to choose the kind of freedom that will benefit all, rather than a few. Open our eyes to see others as You do—with godly potential and value. But help us, too, to recognize our own pride in trying to elevate ourselves and others above You and Your purpose for our lives.
We need, You, God. Oh, how we need You! You have exercised nothing but faithfulness and fairness in Your treatment of our country, even when we’ve turned our back on You and forgotten Your goodness to us. Your discipline at times is hard, but You are just. Your purpose is always to draw us close to You, to bless us, and to make us a great nation who honors You. You are a good, good, Father—and Your love for us has a proven track record.
Forgive us for wanting our own way and making our own paths—often the ones paved with least resistance. Forgive us for fence-walking, or for ignoring completely the truths that can so easily set us free. Deliver us from mindless quarrels and destinations that lead us nowhere, but away from You. Free us from divisiveness, and melt our hardened hearts to love, not hate, and to heal, not debate.
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Our history has cried for king-like leaders who will solve our problems and meet our needs. But there is only one King, and that is You, Lord. We have blindly sought answers from others to life’s unresolved questions through the years, but You are the only wise Counselor. We have longed for peace, but You are the only Peacemaker, and the only Prince of Peace. We’ve clung to our weapons of warfare, not as measures of defense, but as strongholds of selfish pride. We look at outward appearances; You see the heart. With You, nothing formed against us can prosper. Without You, we are nothing.
Make us a great nation, yes. But more than that, make us good, Lord, with a heartbeat that wants every person of every creed and color to know Your love, Your goodness, and Your worth. Make us wise as serpents, but gentle as doves. Turn our fears to faith, as we look to You and You alone for the future of our country. Give us God-confidence that no matter what happens, we will believe You are not only in control, but that You know exactly what is needed to accomplish Your purpose. Help us not to second-guess Your moves, but to move at Your command, always without hesitation.
We look to You and to You, only, Lord. Help us make wise decisions that move our country in the right direction. Help us to do our part in praying and in staying with what we know is right according to the truth of Your Word. Teach us to make our actions count and our words matter, and line them both up to Your sense of rightness, not ours. Guide us with Your eye; grip us with Your strong arm; teach us what we need to know to make our lives—and our nation—count for you. We pray for our leaders, but we ask You to make us both leaders and followers: leading in the way of Truth, and following those who honor You.
In the precious and powerful name of Jesus,
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Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart. She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: February 2, 2016
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by Margaret (Stockton, CA USA)
Father God, thank you for our Leaders. We ask that you draw them near to you. We ask that you give them Godly wisdom. Give them courage to stand on your Word in spite of what it looks like, give them to know that no matter what it looks like you are still in control.
Father we ask that you protect them and their families as they serve to protect our families. Give them to pass laws that are according to your word and not political correctness. Your word says to pray for those that have leadership over us.
We ask that you save the Leader’s that don’t know you, let them know that you are the way, the truth and the light. We believe by faith that this prayer is so, in Jesus name amen.
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(Editor’s Note: Charles Monroe, a CBMC member in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A., submitted this prayer poem for leaders, written by John O’Donohue.)
May you have the grace and wisdom
To act kindly, learning
To distinguish between what is
Personal and what is not.
May you be hospitable to criticism.
May you never put yourself at the center of things.
May you act not from arrogance but out of service.
May you work on yourself
Building up and refining the ways of your mind.
May you learn to cultivate the art of presence
In order to engage with those who meet you.
When someone fails or disappoints you
May the graciousness with which you engage
Be their stairway to renewal and refinement.
May you treasure the gifts of the mind
Through reading and creative thinking
So that you continue to be a servant of the frontier
Where the new will draw its enrichment from the old,
And you never become a functionary.
May you know the wisdom of deep listening,
The healing of wholesome words,
The encouragement of the appreciative gaze,
The decorum of held dignity,
The springtime of the bleak question.
May you have a mind that loves frontiers
So that you can evoke the bright fields
That lie beyond the view of the regular eye.
May you have good friends
To mirror your blind spots.
May leadership be for you
A true adventure of growth. — John O’Donohue
The Bible, in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, instructs, “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.” This poem could be a good guide for following that directive.
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1. Have you ever considered praying for leaders – in your department at work, your company, your industry, community, state, nation, or even the world? Why or why not?
2. We often hear people expressing a variety of prayer requests, but rarely do we hear anyone suggesting that we pray for our leaders, at any level. Why do you think that is the case?
3. What part (or parts) of “A Prayer for Leaders” impress you as particularly meaningful?
4. Suppose you were to take seriously this admonition to pray for people in leadership? What difference do you think that would – or could – make, not only in their own lives but also for the people, companies and organizations they lead?
If you would like to look at or discuss other portions of the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following brief sampling of passages:
Proverbs 15:29, 21:1; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17
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