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Poem on leadership:
Why Pray For One Who Hurts You?
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A Prayer For Leaders In Your Life
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 - 1 Timothy is a book in the Bible attributed to the apostle Paul)
(There is a wonderfully outrageous paragraph following this one in which Paul speak 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.
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.
What if we could help move towards world peace by saying a 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:
As I type this now, I stop and say an affirmation for wise leadership for all who come to this page.
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