Prayer For Church Leaders (5 May)
Sing: Be Thou My Vision
Scripture: 1 Timothy 3: 1-13
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
8 In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads
O Gracious and Holy God, the Church is the Bride of Christ. You love her! Your love is perfect, true and faithful! For that is the God that You are. Thank You for being our faithful God, lover of Your Bride, the church. As in the days of the early church, the apostles devoted themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word while seven men full of Spirit and wisdom were appointed to wait on tables.
Lord, indeed it is noble that some will rise up to be overseers. What kind of men they are to be has more to do with what Your Word says than the education or jobs they have. So we ask You, Lord, that our church leadership will be men and women who are God-fearing and Spirit-led in following Jesus’ example wholeheartedly. Grant that they will be people respected in their homes and in the community. Let their lives magnify Your great name. Father, as they lead the church in what matters, grant that they will be people of Grace and Law, Your Spirit and Truth. Help them to desire things that are of You for their lives and for the church. May they know You so intimately that they will know Your voice that calls them to do what You ask of them in leading the church. Help every one of them hear Your still, small voice and be led by You first to lead their families, Care Groups, Ministries and the church.
Father, we pray for our Senior Pastor to be a man of Word and Prayer. Before he goes about the work of the ministry, may he spend time to be ministered by You and Your Spirit. In so doing, help him hear Your voice guiding him to speak the truth in love so that he may lead Your people in the path we should go.
Lord, be with the entire pastoral and admin team. Help them seek You for wisdom, insight and understanding to know how to shepherd the flock and admin-wise, to do what is necessary. Grant that they will do so in a spirit of gentleness and love. Protect them against the schemes of the evil one. Father, please provide for their family’s needs so that they will not be distracted from ministry or experience financial burdens too difficult to bear. Grant that they will make every effort to present themselves approved to God, unashamed workers who accurately handle the word of truth. Help them be pure, blameless, sincere and impartial in their relationships with others. Show them how to equip Your people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
God, please be with the leadership, pastoral and admin team as they discern ways to minister to the church with all the social distancing measures put in place. Most of them have had to learn new ways of connecting technologically. In addition to the changes in their workplace, they have had to learn new skills to bring Your Word and Prayer online. Thank You, Lord, for their perseverance in spite of the challenges. The work behind the scenes is more intense and requires more technical know-how than is the norm for them. Grant them the ability to learn and adapt to these new ways of preaching and teaching without losing a sense of warmth and spontaneity. Thank You that in every attempt to try new ways of ministering, You are their strength. And dear God, as You gifted each one to be different and unique, may Your people rise up to serve one another in love, in response to the need of these times.
So Gracious Father, we ask for Your protection upon them in these days of uncertainty, Your presence to be very real and near to them as they wait on You for wisdom, and Your power to work through them to minister creatively to Your people in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!