Prayers for the Church in these times

The Lord seems to have increased my burden in prayer for the American Church. I ran across this prayer (in part) this morning:

Revive your Church, Lord God of hosts, whenever it falls into complacency and sloth, by raising up devoted leaders… and grant that their faith and vigor of mind may awaken your people to your message and their mission; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

Irrelevant leadership

Henri Nouwen in his wonderful little book titled In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership shows just how “out of touch” he was in his day. Irrelevant leadership? Puh-leeeaaze! 

The temptation is to be relevant. To show power, ability, or rightness.

“Words like right-wing, reactionary, conservative, liberal, and left wing are used to describe people’s opinions and many discussions then seem more like political battles for power than spiritual searches for the truth.” 

Boom.

“Christian leaders cannot simply be persons who have well-informed opinions about the burning issues of our time. Their leadership must be rooted in the permanent, intimate relationship with the incarnate Word, Jesus, and they need to find there the source for their words, advice, and guidance.”

Boom.

God, help us. God… help me.