I continue to discipline myself to pray—the more leadership opportunities I am granted, the more intense my prayers become. Luke 18:1 speaks specifically about us not fainting. Prayer brings us into the presence of God; it is in the presence of God that we find strength and the grace to help us not faint. When I feel weary in leading, I always run to God for answers, strength, and encouragement.
If it were not for my prayer life, I would have resigned from leadership years ago. As a leader, God expects us to represent him in the earth. In the church, leaders are expected to pray. Having been called to minister to Christian leaders, I have discovered that many neglect prayer because they are busy leading. This is death to Christian leadership. I understand I must be given to prayer so that I will have the keen discernment and divine wisdom to make decisions affecting the lives of God’s people. I have been leading in ministry for almost twenty years, and I have come to realize that I make costly mistakes when I am not in tune to God’s will concerning his church and his people. Prayer helps me not be busy for the sake of being busy; it helps me stay focused on God ideas—not just good ideas.
As leaders, it’s easy to get caught up in every Christian move that everyone else is doing. But finding out where God is working and joining God there is where our leadership thrives. Christian leaders can spend countless hours conducting programs, special services, and outreach ministries trying to “win” people to Jesus because of someone else’s success or agenda, when in fact, if we earnestly pray, God may have a strategic plan for our ministry that is unique to us and our call of God. Prayer helps us hit the proverbial bull’s-eye.
As a pastoral and ministry leader, it was through prayer I knew to end a ministry program because God’s grace and anointing were no longer there. If I had neglected prayer, it would have rendered me ineffective, creating an unnecessary whirlwind of frustration. Prayer is the lifeline I use when those I lead come to me with problems. I don’t make any major decisions without taking the matter to God first. I pray about everything because I need God’s wisdom in everything. I desire to be a strong leader. I know that lack of prayer makes me weak; therefore, I don’t go a week without prayer.