If you’re a church leader, you need people praying for you—and you need to be praying for other leaders in your congregation. If you’re a layperson in your church, you need to be interceding for your church’s leaders. Here’s why, based on the Word of God:
- Hebrews 13:17– “Obey your leaders and submit to them, since they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”
We who lead will answer to God for how we care for your souls. That’s quite a challenge.
- Matthew 12:36– “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.”
Our ministries are based on our words, and our words reflect our hearts. We should never speak careless words.
- 1 Timothy 3:7– “Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the devil’s trap.”
The lost world is often watching church leaders. Our lives must be so godly that we guard the witness of the gospel.
- 1 Corinthians 11:1 – “Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.”
We should live in such a way that we model Christ before others. That standard is beyond our capabilities on our own.
- Ephesians 4:15 – “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
Our roles requires us to speak the truth in love. Sometimes it’s hard to speak the truth; at other times, it’s hard to do it in love.
- Acts 20:28-29 – “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.”
We are called to protect the flock, which means we must be aware, wise and discerning.
7. 2 Timothy 3:12 – “In fact, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
There is always the possibility that leaders (and all believers, for that matter) will suffer for their faith. We want to be models of love and obedience even if that is the cost we pay.
Would you pray for your church leaders today? Direct others to this site as well, and ask them to join you in praying.
This article originally appeared here.