Leadership Intercession

 

Abstract Silhouette PrayingI’m thankful for leaders over the years that I could learn from as they walked out their faith. I can bring up pictures of leaders who have influenced me tremendously and some of them may not even be aware of it. Other leaders that I’ve followed, I’ve had the opportunity to tell them personally about how they influenced me. Some leaders who have influenced me have been family; some have been ministers and some have been hardworking business owners. One of the things that all the influential leaders in my life have in common is that they are prayer warriors. They prayed for others and me as I grew up. I’m so thankful for their “leadership intercession” on my behalf.

Nehemiah comes on the scene some 100 years later than the first exiles return to Jerusalem. The first wave of exiles was rebuilding the temple as well as the walls of Jerusalem. They were meeting some resistance and word got back to Jeremiah, who was still in captivity, but serving in the king’s presence. When news of this hardship reached Nehemiah, he began to grieve and intercede. Check this out…

4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:

‘Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.

10 ‘They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.’

I was cupbearer to the king. (Nehemiah 1:4-6; 10-11 NIV)

There are times the most important leadership activity that I can do involves intercessory prayer. I can talk things out until I’m blue in the face. When I talk to the Lord I’m bringing Heaven’s Resources into play. I’m still learning the value and the power of prayer in any given situation.

I think leaders should pray more intensely than others because of the weight of the responsibility of the leadership position. I also think that prayer really changes the heart of the one praying. Prayer opens the way for humility to enter and pride to exit. I believe a humble leader is way more effective than a prideful leader. It’s hard to be full of pride when you’re praying for the people you’re tasked with leading. Nehemiah is such a strong example of servant leader in his position as cupbearer. He also was a strong intercessory leader before the Lord through his humility and intense prayer on behalf of his people. I want to lead like that. I want to intercede for the people I’m blessed to lead.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Intercede

 

Abstract Silhouette PrayingI looked up this word to make sure I totally understood the meaning. According to dictionary.com it is “to act in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble as by pleading or petition”. As a parent I’m pretty sure I’ve interceded on behalf of my kids before. I remember once being bullied by a guy who was 3 or 4 years older than me on the school bus and my Dad paid him a visit on my behalf and the guy never bullied me again. I appreciate people interceding on my behalf.

King Hezekiah was striving to restore the people and their relationship to the Lord. He decided to celebrate the Passover with all the people. He couldn’t do the event at the regularly scheduled time, but decided he needed to do it anyway as part of their return to God. He sent out invitations to the surrounding areas and invited people to Jerusalem to the temple for this big gathering for worship. This was a festival that commemorated the exodus from Egypt through the Lord’s leadership. Check this out…

18 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, ‘May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets their heart on seeking God – the Lord, the God of their ancestors – even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.’ 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. (2 Chronicles 30:18-20 NIV)

This small passage really blessed me this morning as I see the heart of God. He is so kind and compassionate full of mercy and grace. Often in the Old Testament, He wants the ritual and worship to be just so. He shows great compassion and grace because of Hezekiah’s intercessory prayer. I believe that the Lord loves it when His kids return to Him with their heart.

I believe that this is a good message to many people who are “legalistic” in their faith. I believe God is way more concerned about my heart condition that my rule following capabilities. I do believe if my heart is set on Him, then my behavior will follow. I grew up in a rule following faith and now I’ve experienced the grace-giving faith. I’ve learned that the Heart of God for me is NOT condemnation; it’s forgiveness. He wants to save my soul by capturing my heart. He doesn’t force Himself on me but He longs for relationship with me. I personally can’t ignore such an invitation. I can’t quite put into words how grateful I am for Jesus’ intercession on my behalf. I deserve punishment but instead I receive eternal life!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Pray For Me

Pretty girl praying.I really like knowing that people are praying for me. I have been through difficult times and I know what it feels like to be covered in prayer. I have felt the unusual strength that comes from the Presence of God all over me. I have felt the Lord lift my head up and shape my perspective by His Presence. I want people to pray for me even when it looks to be an ordinary, uneventful day.

Paul shares with the church in Thessalonica and he tells them that there is a judgment day coming when the Lord will hold us all responsible for the bad behavior. But He assures the church that He is praying for them. Check this out…

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NIV)

 

Please pray for me. I want to be strong in the face of temptation.

Please pray for me. I want to honor God with my attitude and actions today.

Please pray for me. I want to be a strong, Godly husband to my wife.

Please pray for me. I want to be a strong, Godly father to my family.

Please pray for me. I want to be a strong, honorable, Godly REALTOR.

Please pray for me. I want to be a strong and consistent friend.

Please pray for me. I want to honor God with all that I am – today & everyday!

For those who read this and actually say a pray for me – Thank you from the depths of my heart. I believe that prayer calls upon the Awesome Power of God to move and act in really cool, supernatural ways. Please pray.

Pressing On!
Dwayne