Prayer: A Different Question to Consider for Leadership

woman's group Bible study praying and discussing Scripture

“Lord, I confess my prayer life doesn’t feel very mature,” I prayed. It wasn’t as if I lacked things to pray about or occasions to praise God. In that season, a genuine desire for increased spiritual maturity prompted me to evaluate my private prayer life. Was there some aspect of my prayer life that was missing or weaker than others? This is not a bad thing to consider, and evaluation can encourage healthy spiritual growth.

Growing as disciples means growing in prayer. In Luke 11, even Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. When it comes to leading others in prayer, whether in personal devotion or in the community of faith, the question “What should I do to be a leader?” may initially come to mind. Naturally, we desire to know the “how-tos.” However, if we ask only what we should do, then we risk putting the focus on ourselves or our actions rather than the One to whom we are praying. What if we began leading others in prayer by asking ourselves, “What kind of leader should I be?” God’s Word does not leave us wondering.

  • We are called to be people who pray in faith (James 1:6).
  • We are exhorted to be consistent in prayer (Rom. 12:12).
  • We are admonished to pray in the Spirit (Eph. 6:18).

Scripture also gives us descriptive examples of leaders praying publicly and privately. (See illustrations from the lives of Moses, Daniel, Elijah, Paul, and Jesus.) We can conclude that leaders are people who pray regularly, whether their leadership is an established role or more informal. From God’s Word, we can also infer that God is concerned about the heart of the person praying. (Luke 18:9­­–14 and Matthew 6:5–15 are 2 good illustrations.)

As a young woman missional leader, you lead others in various aspects of missions, from learning and serving to praying. If you haven’t already, then check out the myMISSION resources available at wmustore.com. These resources serve as a guide, offering encouragement and specific prayer points for your missions group.

The people I identify as true pray-ers are those who have deep roots in personal and community fellowship with the Lord. Their community fellowship with other believers is an overflow from their personal relationship with Christ. They may not have set out to be leaders, but they have led me deeper in my walk with God by their example. By God’s grace, He can use you to do the same in your sphere of influence.

Ena Redding* is privileged to pray for others and have others pray for her as she prepares to serve overseas.

*Name changed.

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