Pray for our leaders

Cross of Christ over the world

This piece is a reprint of an article that was published in Horizons, which is a Salvation Army leadership magazine. While the leaders mentioned in this article have changed, the thoughts then are relevant today, as we face the concern of burnout of our leaders.

In a stinging mid-term election defeat for his party not long ago, U.S. President Bill Clinton said he was tired.  Toronto Star columnist Linda Diebel said he looked as if “he was carrying the weight of the world upon his shoulders.” The mantle of leadership was taking its toll.

I asked myself, “Who prayed for President Clinton today?” If we were thrust into the fiery lion’s den of leadership, wouldn’t we want someone to pray for us?

The leaders in halls of government throughout the world carry immense responsibilities upon their shoulders, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rather than lifting them up before God’s throne, we tend to contribute to their downfall.

Often, the silent majority is all too silent in supporting their leaders. They need to know that we are team players with them as they execute their onerous mandates.

In the ’40s, U.S. President Harry Truman said, “The buck stops here.” In one brief sentence Truman stated exactly and succinctly that leadership is an awesome responsibility. He realized that he was ultimately accountable for every decision. People criticized his leadership style. There was little commendation for his stalwart determination to end the Second World War.

We should pray for Christian leaders in every part of our “global village” world. It requires faith, courage, sacrifice, dedication and commitment to uphold Christian principles in a world which is drifting away from high standards of ethics and morality.

We should also pray for non-Christian leaders, who also hold the fate and welfare of millions of people in their hands. God can work in them, or in spite of them. Prime Minister Jean Chretien is worthy of our faithful prayers. What great challenges face him as he leads Canada into the 21st century.

We should also pray for Church leaders, of course. General Paul Rader has called us to pray for those in leadership within the Army. Sometimes we put them on a lofty pedestal, but they are “earthly vessels” through whom God wants to accomplish His eternal purposes. We need to be their anchor, holding fast in spite of the winds of adversity.

As believers, let our challenge be to pray without ceasing. In addressing the Ephesians (6:18), the Apostle Paul emphasized the duty of praying for those who uphold Christian principles: “And pray in the Spirit in all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all of the saints.”

May we, as members of Christ’s Church always remember our leaders as they fulfil their difficult mandates. Let us provide strong prayer support in their hour of need.


About osborne2029

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. I m in an M.A.-Ph.D program with St. James the Elder Theological Seminary to train to become a psychotherapist and priest. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on March 22, 2014, in thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The Salvation Army has fed me on many occasions ~ and that inspirational bunch seems to be affiliated with this article’s articulately expressed message ~ which I happen to agree with from about 3 or 4 different directions…

    Peace to all my sisters & brothers in Christ & else where!

    • I’m glad The Salvation Army was there for you! Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to comment.

      Your comment about The Salvation Army feeding you inspires me to make this comment. I encourage you to continue to use your difficult life experiences to be a blessing to others. If you read my piece entitled “God can make lemonade out of the lemons of your life”, perhaps something there will uplift your spirit in your life challenges.

      I open you up to the river of God’s richest blessings!


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