A leader’s most important role is to intercede for those they lead. Leader’s who accomplish much, do so on their knees. It is in the place of prayer that we hear His voice, gain direction, strength, perspective, encouragement and where ultimately the real breakthroughs happen.
Prayer can not be delegated to others, it is the responsibility of every Christian leader to themselves pray. We need to lead the way in prayer. That is not to say that we don’t also mobilize and raise up many others to intercede. We do. We must. There are others who may spend more actual hours in prayer than we do, or who may carry the work of intercession in very significant ways. As leaders, delegation is an important skill. This is one are you can not delegate away though.
In scripture we find many examples of leaders who saw prayer and intercession for their people as one of their most important tasks. We read of Moses and the way he interceded on behalf of Israel. We read of King Hezekiah’s prayers of intercession. Paul prayed much for those among whom he planted churches. Of course, the greatest example is Jesus. He not only prayed for his disciples, for Jerusalem, and for the multitudes but even now He, our great Lord and Leader, still prioritizes making intercession for us (Rom 8:34).
I often find that church planters see prayer and intercession as something they do in the mornings or at certain prayer meeting times, but then they go on to do their “real work” after that. Prayer is part of our ministry as leaders of movements and as trainers of trainers. We must pray much for those we train, coach and lead. We pray for revelation, for protection, for anointing, for breakthrough. We pray for those they are training and sharing Christ with. We pray for the lost around us and the lost around those we have trained. We pray for revival and outpouring of God’s spirit in each and every life, in each and every house church that is started.
These days I find myself crying out often throughout the day “Lord, send your Spirit. Visit your people once again. Come and let your Presence be felt in our lives again. Set us ablaze. Send fire from heaven to rest on each church planter. Overflow from them and spill over to touch the lost around them. Raise up radical, obedient disciples of Jesus who passionately share good news and make disciples everywhere they go. I want an outpouring like we have never before seen Lord. This I boldly ask you for!”
Join me to pray, to intercede for breakthrough and revival. God promises to respond to our heartfelt prayers. What better way could a leader spend their time and energy then in prayer?