Pray for Leaders
There are leaders across the world at many different levels. We should be
praying for all of them. Let’s take a quick look at leadership.
World leaders would include the obvious — those who govern the different
countries of the world. We should be praying for our own president or whatever
office governs your country.
We also have world leadership by way of the United Nations
and the ambassadors to this world governing organization, who desperately need
Local, city, state and county governing bodies need our
prayers. What about the leadership of a homeowners association? Yes, they need
our prayers. The leadership where we work need our prayers at all levels.
Anyone who has the authority to make decisions for us needs
our prayers; otherwise, we are leaving their decisions in the hands of ego and
possibly evil. This is obviously true — just look at our current world affairs.
For almost every country, they are deplorable.
We need to pray that all of the leadership of the world at
all levels make decisions that bring about world peace and the good for everyone
on this Earth.
Additionally, we also need to pray for all those who vote
for or appoint these world leaders and put them in an office of authority.
Though many people think to pray for world leaders, many of us forget about our
religious leaders. We forget they are humans with the same human failings and
temptations with which we too deal. These men and women, whether pastor or
volunteer Sunday School teacher, truly depend upon us to pray for them.
We should pray for the leadership of all religions, since
their words and actions could affect other people, too. We should pray that all
religious leaders speak out to their followers about what their religion truly
believes, that they encourage their followers to read their sacred writings to
truly know what their faith stands for, and pray their followers read and listen
with eyes wide open and ears alert to every word.
Then, we should pray for all the people of the world, that
they listen to their religious leaders, and pray that God is allowed to guide
each and every individual to the religious leader that speaks truth, not lies or
And if we have a conflict with any religious leader,
whether a pastor or workshop leader, we need to forgive them and ourselves, ask
the Lord to forgive our part in the conflict, pray for them, and ask the Lord to
I love a comment made to me by my very learned daughter on
the subject of ministers who have been involved in scandalous behavior, “I
always wonder why their flock wasn’t praying for them.” She’s correct. Our
prayers give spiritual and moral support to our religious leadership. They are
humans just like us; and they have two major temptations to deal with that we
don't — (1) the condemnation of their own congregation, who believe they should
tell the minister how to do this and that, criticizing the pastor opening to
others; and (2) the evil tempter who is working especially hard to lead these
devoted people astray. Our prayers are very needed for our own religious
Hebrews 13:17-18 says,
“Obey your leaders and do as they tell you, because they must give an account of
the way they look after your souls; make this a joy for them to do, and not a
grief — you yourselves would be the losers. … pray for us.”
Whether we like these civic and religious leaders doesn’t matter. We don’t
need to know them or their names. God knows these things. We just need to pray
by Patricia Hawke
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