Prayer is an essential element in maintaining our connection with and openness to our Father in heaven. It is from that connection that wisdom and motivation for leadership flows.
One of the ruts that I fall into, and I am certain that I am not alone in this, is that I impose my will in prayer.
I come into prayer with my list of wants and requests for ministry and people, tie it up with an “in Jesus’ name”, and hope for the best.
Prayer becomes something to plow through, to get done, so that I can move onto the next thing on my list.
Worse, in this mode, the agenda for prayer is my own and the center of prayer is my-self. Most likely my false self because a lot of what I put on the list is things that will sustain me, with or without God.
There is certainly a time for asking, but if that is all you bring to the table in prayer, then your view of God is flawed. And that flawed view will affect everything, including expectations, identity, and relationships.
Prayer is supposed to be about communion with the One who created us and is the Author of our faith. It is God who gives the works of service we are created to do.
It is our discipline to practice being in his presence.
Not our will, but his.
Being still and being centered in him.
A very hard thing for the busy Christian leader.
Yet even knowing this we struggle. Even as we follow the command to be still, we still our bodies but we do not still our minds as we think through our to-do list, the best way to avoid traffic, and our approach at the next staff meeting.
It is possible that God is frustrating your plans in leading because you are not taking the time to be quiet and listen.
This is much harder. It takes more time and discipline.
And it requires us to surrender. Releasing our grasp on the future and our plans and communing with God in the present moment and hearing his voice.
How often do you create a time with no expectations or agenda to listen and to pray?
How would your leadership be affected by practicing surrender in God’s presence?
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