17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. – Hebrews 13:17
God calls specific people into roles of leadership within the church. These leaders are responsible for shepherding and guiding and serving the people in their care. We are thankful that our leaders sacrificially give of themselves in obedience to what God has called them to do.
James 3 says that those who teach are held to a clear standard by God as a result of their position, and biblically, the responsibility of leading with strong character is on their shoulders. Additionally, there is a spiritual opposer that wants to do everything in his
power to overwhelm and distract leaders from the work that God has called them to do. We have an opportunity to intercede on behalf of our leaders and cover them in prayer as they obey God by leading us. This position is not higher in ranking or value, but instead requires humble submission in service to God and his people.
Let’s collectively be praying for our pastors and leaders — that they would have the strength to handle whatever comes their way with God’s leading hand beside them, that their families would feel peace and that they would find rest in Jesus. Let’s pray for refreshment and rest as they gear up for another year of unknowns.
Take 15min to pray
God, we thank you for the men and women that you have placed in authority and leadership at Sanctuary Church, and we ask that you would guide them and protect them as they navigate all has been placed before them. Please help us to continue to encourage them as we all walk towards you together.