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Day Twenty-One: Leading by Interceding

Posted by Dan Wetzel , in 40 Days of Prayer 22 May 2013 · 1759 views

Read: Psalm 23
Pray: That the individual ministries in your church would be anointed and lead by the Holy Spirit.

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Begin by reading Hebrew 7:23-25.

I have learned to pray frequently throughout my workday but I must confess that I most often view prayer as essential preparation for ministry rather than an essential element of the work of ministry. Until I was challenged to do otherwise, I did not conceive of intercessory prayer as an exercise in leadership.

In his book, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Tim Laniak writes, “Some of the Bible’s greatest intercessors discovered this ironic dimension to their role as shepherds. They developed a fundamental understanding that leading is interceding (author’s emphasis).” Moses serves as the best example. Following Israel’s sin of idolatry, Moses pleaded with God on behalf of the people he was called to lead saying, “But now, if you will only forgive their sin – but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!” (Ex. 32:32, NLT) Moses so identified with the people he was called to lead that he was willing to suffer the same fate as they; should God not answer his prayer.

There are a variety of things that may be done to encourage strong pastoral leadership. None are more important than praying for the welfare of those we lead. You will not find prayer mentioned in many books on leadership but I am now convinced that Laniak is correct: intercession is essential leadership. According to Hebrews 7:25, it is what currently occupies Jesus Himself.



Father, even as we rely upon the intercessory ministry of our Lord Jesus, may others rely upon us to stand before your throne on their behalf. Teach us to lead not only through technique or principle but by your Word and through intercession for those who follow. Amen.


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