The Release of The Spirit
Pray for Your Local Leaders
I have never been involved in politics and I have never been interested in getting involved with politics. I have focused my attention on the local church. But in doing that I have blinded myself from what is happening politically many times until it is too late. I also have to depend on others for what is happening and then try to discern what is truth and what is their opinion.
I am not running for office but I am aware of my shortcomings and I purpose to become more aware of the truth of our country so I can better serve the church. I came across this devotional that I thought would help us. Pastor Tim
I served as a pastor in Springfield, Missouri, for several years and during that time another local pastor in a leading Springfield church took the initiative to host a luncheon for other pastors (like me) every few months.
This was more than just lunch, though. The pastor invited one city leader to each lunch and interviewed them for fifteen minutes after the meal. The interview gave us opportunity to understand the pressures and challenges these leaders faced in the community and to ask them how we could pray for them. Local leaders who attended included the mayor, police and fire chiefs, the school district superintendent, and the chair of the county board of supervisors. Some were Christians, others not; some were Democrats, others Republican and Independents. But no matter who they were, they could all answer the question: How can we pray for you?
Each luncheon lasted only one hour, but we left much more in touch with our local leaders and their needs. Even those we disagreed with politically were “humanized” as we heard them describe needs in their families, stresses on their jobs, and ways they felt the church could serve the community.
The influence of these local leaders sometimes touches us more personally than leaders in federal government. These leaders protect our cities, educate our children, plan our communities, repair our roads, and run our utilities. In Springfield I was also able to gain the favor and endorsement of both the mayor and school district superintendent through the local compassion ministries of the church where I served.
“We have the privilege as Christ’s living church both to pray for and to serve our local leaders—to be salt and light in our local worlds.
Pray the Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you as you pray for local leaders today. Pray for people God lays on your heart specifically. Lift up their families, their health, and the decisions they face on a daily basis.
… so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)