Let the Leaders Pray – A Meditation for Leaders for the New Year, 2013
Let the leaders pray. That is my hope for the New Year, 2013.
I Timothy 2:1 says, ”I urge, then first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and for all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Petitions (Requests) – Pray for someone in particular. God knows by name those in need of prayer. You should name those for whom you pray and name their need. Pray.
Requirements (Prayers) – Pray for everyone. We all need our daily bread, and we need to pray for our daily bread. Pray.
Affirmations (Intercession) – Pray for those who cannot and those who will not pray as an intercessor. In your prayers you can affirm those things that others need. Likewise in you prayer you can affirm before the Father those very things that others cannot or will not pray for themselves. Pray.
Yes (Thanksgivings) — Pray for the glory of God with a Yes. You have reason to give thanks to God for your own blessings and those of others. Pray.
Exemplary Story: An attractive young woman returned to her college campus to tell about her experience as a runner-up for “American Idol.” We were excited to hear what she had to say. During her presentation she said something to her teachers and classmates I still remember. “When you are praying, did you ask God to bless all the little children? I want to tell you, I am one of those little children. You prayed for me.” After that sermon I am quite pleased to pray, “Bless all the little children.”