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Some years ago when I was still bedbound and being looked after by others, I came across a bible quote requesting us to pray for our leaders:
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession 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.”
(1 Timothy 2:1, NIV)
(There is a wonderfully outrageous paragraph following this one which speaks of the submission of women to their husbands. hmmm.)
What a great idea to say a prayer for leaders.
...If we believe prayer makes a difference,
...if we believe God’s guidance brings about the one solution that is best for all,
then it really does make sense to learn how to pray for leaders.
Think about it.
Do we send our leaders love?
Do we hold a space for
...their ability to be guided to the best solution?
Or do we send them hate?
Do we tell ourselves they are all corrupt and no good and will never be any better and are just out for what they can get?
Do we blame the boss for things that we could do something about ourselves?
If we think of these thoughts as prayers, are we getting what we are asking for?
If you were a leader, what do you think would prompt you to do better – working for people who believed you could do a good job, or working for those who say you are no good and will never succeed?
I soon realised that this was a very relevant prayer to me.
Whilst I was living with illness, there were so many people in positions of authority over me – the Social Worker, Care Agency Managers, Doctors. Often it didn't feel as though they were doing a very good job. (I know many of you will relate with leadership figures in your own life.)
It felt good and sensible to say a prayer for leaders in my life to receive God’s guidance and God’s love.
It can feel difficult to say a prayer for someone who is hurting us. But which is more likely to help them to change. Love or hate?
Of course, if our leaders are doing a great job, it also makes sense to pray for them.
A Prayer Of Thanksgiving For Good Leaders
To say daily prayers for leaders also heightened my awareness that I am the authority in my own life.
At the time, I was also – to some extent – an authority in the lives of my carers and those who helped me.
In fact, we can see ourselves as being leaders to all we meet.
As usual, what started as a prayer for others proved to also be a prayer for myself. One of my spiritual poems is on this subject.
Spiritual Poem about praying for a leader you find difficult
Why pray for
Because with enough
There is nothing like light for
Besides, you soon realise
It's OK to ask God for the courage to see a way in which you are hurting someone, and for the love and guidance to allow you to do better.
© Katherine T Owen
Other spiritual poems by the author on this site
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What if we could help move towards world peace by saying prayer for leaders to receive guidance?
What if by asking God to take authority over our own lives, we are somehow making that wise spiritual guidance more accessible to all?
Will we do it?
Will we say prayer for leaders?
Here is an example:
A Prayer For Leaders In Your Life
I stop and think of those who are leaders in my life...
Perhaps there is someone I find it hard to think of with love.
I hand over to you any anger or fear I feel.
However I feel about them, in this moment, I see your love flowing through me to them.
Dear God, I ask you to feed these people on your wisdom and your understanding,
Let them recognise and take the authority that is theirs to take.
Thank you God for guiding them every step of the way.
A Prayer To Be A Good Leader
Dear God, I think of the ways that I am a leader in my life.
I am willing to be a good leader.
Please feed me God on your wisdom and your understanding,
Let me recognise and take the authority that is mine to take.
I am willing to be blessed by you and be a blessing to others.
Thank you God for guiding me every step of the way.
As I type this now, I stop and say an affirmation for wise leadership for all who come to this page.
Thank you for being willing to take the lead in your life.
May you be an inspired leader in your life and in the lives of others.
God blesses you.
Forgiveness for seeking inner peace and taking leadership in your life.
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