• 5 Things Every Christian Leader Should Pray For

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    Leadership. It’s a big word that carries huge responsibility. You have the ability to influence people and lead them through situations. Questions like “How do I inspire people?” “How do I lead effectively?” come up frequently. As a Christian, this does not have to be a daunting role because we have Jesus by our side. Jesus is the perfect example of true leadership.

    “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

    You can remain in Christ in many ways: read and meditate on Scripture, obey God, fellowship with others and pray. When you pray, you not only abide in Christ but you cast utter dependence on Him. Christian leaders need to be people of prayer. If you want your work and ministry to stand the test of time and bear eternal fruit, you can’t do it on your own.

    If you’re a leader in any sphere of life, remember to pray for these 5 things always.

    1. To be humble

    Humility should be a prominent trait of every Christian. Leaders are to act in a genuinely Christian way, being humble in their leadership and personal lives. Ensuring you put others first and giving God all the glory illustrates the definition of humility.

    Humility in leadership means:

    • Willing to learn
    • Not to think too highly of yourself (Romans 12:3)
    • To be completely dependant on God
    • To lead with your followers in mind
    • To engage in dialogue and listen to your peers

    2. To be Word-fed

    As a Christian leader, your heart, mind and soul need to be nourished by God’s Word. In Psalm 119:105 it’s written, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. Meditate and abide in God’s Word, because it will guide you to make the next step. You should be willing to allow God to direct your life and submit to what His Word says.

    3. To be Spirit-fed

    Ever feel like you’re alone when leading? God has given his Spirit to always be with us. Do you allow the Holy Spirit to guide your words, plans and actions? Do you obey the promptings and change the plan when the circumstance seems to call for something different? You can be knowledgeable and have all the answers to the questions, but the Holy Spirit can lead us beyond our abilities in the Spirit’s wisdom.

    4. To be a servant leader

    The true nature of a leader is to serve others. Jesus, the suffering servant gave his life in service to God and for our benefit. You can serve others by:

    • Valuing diverse opinions
    • Cultivating a culture of trust
    • Encouraging people
    • Putting others first before yourself

    5. To be a servant

    No, this is not a repeat. There is a clear distinction between being a servant leader (who leads in front of others) and being a servant (who has the heart of a service even when others do not see their service).

    True leadership starts with a genuine heart dedicated to the Lord to give your life to serve Him, no matter what rewards may (or may not) come.

    A short prayer for godly leadership

    Lord, lead me by your Spirit and feed me in your Word, to be a humble servant in front of you and in front of others, for your glory. May I always seek you first. Amen.

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