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A Prayer For Leaders

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Article Contents for Daily Prayer For Leaders:

Where In The Bible Are Prayers For Leaders?

What A Great Idea To Pray For Leaders

We All Have Leaders In Our Lives

We Can Take Leadership In Our Lives

Will We Say Prayers For Leaders?

Poem on leadership:
Why Pray For One Who Hurts You?

Prayers on this page:
A Prayer For Leaders In Your Life

A Pray To be a Good Leader

Receive My Prayer For Your Wise Leadership


Where in the Bible Are Prayers For Leaders?

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 Daily Prayers For Leaders

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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 goodness,
...their strength,
...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?


We All Have Leaders In Our Lives

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



Dear God,
Thank you for those who provide good leadership in my life.
Help me to recognise and accept the wisdom they offer me.
Guide them wisely.
Thank you.
Amen.

We Can Take Leadership In Our Lives

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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 One Who Hurts You?

Why pray for
one who hurts you?

Because with enough
God in her life,
she will stop.

There is nothing like light for
replacing the darkness.

Besides, you soon realise
you pray
for yourself.


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.

“I tell you:
Love your enemies,
bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you,
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
…If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?”
(Matthew 5:44, 46, NIV)


© Katherine T Owen

Other spiritual poems by the author on this site

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Will We Say Prayer For Leaders?

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

Dear God,

I stop and think of those who are leaders in my life...
in my home...
in my work....
in my country....
in the world....

Perhaps there is someone I find it hard to think of with love.

I hand over to you any anger or fear I feel.
In this moment, I send them love.

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,
for their good and for the good of all they serve.

Let them recognise and take the authority that is theirs to take.

Thank you God for guiding them every step of the way.
Amen




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,
for my good and the good of all I serve.

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.

Amen.

As I type this now, I stop and say an affirmation for wise leadership for all who come to this page.

Thank You For Your Wise Leadership

Thank you for being willing to take the lead in your life.
Thank you for knowing you have something of value to contribute to others.

May you be an inspired leader in your life and in the lives of others.
May you allow God to be your leader in more and more of your life.

God blesses you.

Amen

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