Rest in what you don’t know or rest assured God isn’t in it. The faith factor is a gentle assurance that the leader doesn’t have it all figured out. God is too big, his plans are too vast, his involvement is too unpredictable. Do your due diligence and dot every “i” you know about. Gather all the information you can about the decision at hand. But, infuse the current moment with prayer. You can’t ever see everything. You can’t know everything. You can’t anticipate every contingency. You cannot be ahead of the ball at every point. You would be a faithless leader.
Let God cover it. Go where you cannot go alone. Do what you cannot do without God doing it through you. Moses was completely hands-off in the mismatched battle against the Amalekites. The battle raged beyond his direct supervision, outside his communication lines, and past his immediate jurisdiction. Instead, Moses was hands-up. The more Moses stayed out of it and lifted his hands over it the more God was free to cover the battle with victory.
As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning… – Exodus 17:8-16
Always looking to suggest books, worthy of reading, that nourish both mind and heart, this is a must read. Meditative prayer has been a missing practice in many Christian traditions. This book allows the reader to walk in the presence of Richard Foster and learn from his example step-by-step means to add meditative prayer to your faith journey. Anyone wanting to experience more of God in their life will appreciate this book.
“2011 Leadership Journal Top Book of the Year! “At the very heart of God is the passionate disposition to be in loving fellowship with you. . . . From the human side of this equation it is meditative prayer that ushers us into this divine-human fellowship.” Richard Foster, bestselling author and founder of Renovaré, writes these words as one who has experienced what they describe. And in this new book he will beautifully guide you in this transformational way, that you might come to know deeper fellowship with God.” – Amazon
The civil servants in your context influence the climate you and your church minister in. They help or hinder your ability to proclaim the gospel, serve the community, even build an addition on your facility. They directly effect what you do and how easily you do it. Civil servants are the sails that move your ship. Their openness to the wind and will of God controls how fast you are able go, how far you can get, how easily you work. No wonder God commanded Timothy to teach the local church to pray for government leaders.
Make prayer for leaders a regular part of your church’s ministry. Pray for them by name; the President and his Cabinet, federal and state representatives, county commissioners and municipal authorities. Pray for their wisdom and their families. Pray for their influencers and decisions. It pleases God and unfurls the sails that push your ship where you are sure to find better fishing.
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I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – The Apostle Paul (I Tim 2:1-2)
Prayer is your single greatest contribution towards someone else. Your experience only informs your skewed perspective not theirs. Your leadership is contingent upon follower-ship and both can be blind. Financial resources can be wasted or unavailable. Friendship might not be reciprocated. If you really want to give someone your best then give them your prayers. Because remember, the other person doesn’t need you. They need God.
Prayer infuses your perspective and leadership, resources and relationships with divine initiative and power. Prayer crosses distance, time, language, and history. Prayer partners your finite-ness with the all-powerful, all-seeing, all-present, all-loving work of God. Your prayer opens up spiritual stongholds when you aren’t even strong enough to open the peanut butter jar you are holding. What do they need from you? They need you to pray. They need a church that prays.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers… Ephesians 1:16