On a retreat this past week, the Lord walked me through several New Testament letters, but he had me plant myself in 2 Timothy the most. There are some great thoughts on spiritual leadership I will build on. To be honest, it was also a brutal walk through a letter for me. It was personal and the Spirit really had to deal with me severely on some personal issues.
I also came away with some wonderful thoughts on spiritual leadership.
What will always be true of sound spiritual leadership is we must walk in prayer.
Paul was constantly beginning his letters with how he prayed for the hearers.
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. — 1 Thess. 1:2
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, — Col. 1:3
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy — Phil. 1:4
I constantly remember you in my prayers — 2 Tim. 1:3
A lesson I learned from a great leader on prayer:
“No one prays more for your church than you.”
I was listening to Richard Foster’s classic on audio, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home and was reminded of a lesson I learned so long ago about breathing my prayers. There are times when I may not know exactly what to pray for someone in my church, but I can simply pray blessing into their life by breathing in and out and as I do, saying their name and praying for God’s goodness into their life.
Spiritual leaders build a prayer life.
My next goal is a takeaway I heard from the great pastor Jack Hayford. He described his prayer life this way: “The other day as I was in the Lord’s presence…”
Keep building your prayer life. Don’t think of it as “prayer time.” Think of it as life.