It was during a prayer meeting in Acts 13 that the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” No vision for ministry or good idea can be trusted if it is not learned or affirmed through prayer.
When it comes to the work of God, there must be no mistake about the leader’s prayer life. Prayer is the work of God. It is not an after thought uttered in haste or spiritual window dressing to validate our ambitions. It is serious business and must be the driving force behind the ministry. If not, there will be serious repercussions for the body he or she is leading. J. Oswald Sanders said, “A course selected with little regard for prayer, will ultimately lead to an unspiritual and misguided administration. Eventually the Spirit is grieved and quenched, and the result is spiritual dearth and death for that place.”
While a leader’s resume, credentials, and education are important, they must never take precedence over the question of his or her commitment to and love of prayer. Simply stated, leaders who don’t pray cannot be hearing from God and cannot be trusted to direct the body. They may have good ideas, but they may not be the right ideas. They will undoubtedly have noble intentions, but they may be the wrong intentions—wrong because they are not designed according to the good, perfect and acceptable will of God.
Paul wrote to the Colossians, “We…do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” Clearly, knowing and doing the will of God were achieved through prayer. It is through prayer that God leads us in His plans. It is through prayer that we contend with the obstacles hindering His will. It is through prayer that He empowers us to fulfill His purposes and it is through prayer that we find the release of all that is needed to do His work.
- PASTORS WHO DON’T PRAY, Pastor Gregg T. Johnson (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Pastors Who Don’t Pray Have Little Influence Over Men, Pastor Gregg T. Johnson (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)