Prayer For Leaders and Leadership


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  • 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?

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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 -
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 Daily Prayers For Leaders

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 makes 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?

If these thoughts are prayers, are we accidentally praying for what we do not want?

I think of a leader now.
I hold a space for their goodness,
their strength,
their ability to be guided to the best solution.

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?

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We All Have Leaders In Our Lives

I reached a point when I realised that it was important for me to say a prayer for leaders in my life.

While I was living with severe 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 good job. (I know many of you will relate with leadership figures in your own life.)

It felt 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 a leader who is not looking out for us. But which is more likely to help them to change. Love or hate?

Here is a Bible verse in which we are promised good leaders.

"Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."
Jeremiah 3:15, NIV)

A Prayer For Leaders In Your Life

Dear God,

I stop and think of one who is a leader 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 become aware of any anger or fear I feel.
I support myself in feeling these feelings.
I love myself as I am.

I hand over to you any anger or fear I feel.
In this moment, I let myself receive your love and I let your love move through me to them.

Dear God, feed this person 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.

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.

We Can Take Leadership In Our Lives

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?

Why pray for one who hurts me?

Because God is the Love in which
we see ourselves with clarity.

Because in the presence of clarity
one of us feels or behaves differently.

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

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Will We Say A Prayer For Leaders?

We are all one, all interconnected. When we ask God for guidance in our own lives, we are helping to make that wise spiritual guidance more accessible to everyone.

Let us pray for leadership qualities and gifts in our own lives.

A Prayer To Be A Good Leader

Dear God, I think of the ways that I am a leader in my life.

Let me recognise and take the authority that is mine to take.

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.

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.


And another...

A prayer for leaders to claim their leadership

Let me hear your voice.
Let me hear how you call me to serve you –
in hidden ways or ways that are seen by others,
in quiet ways or out loud.

Make my path straight so that I meet others who nurture my calling.
Put me in the way of those who teach me to better walk the path I walk for you.

Put in 'my way' those I am here to serve so I may be truly helpful.

I am provided for with wise leadership.
I ask and receive. And so it is.

I give wise leadership.
I ask and receive. And so it is.

Love's will be done.

I stop and say a prayer of thanksgiving 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 lead the way in more and more of your decisions.

God blesses you.


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