The Priority of Prayer
challenges leaders to have a consistent prayer life? It could be the times when leaders find
themselves in over their head and have no other choice than to pray. Or it could be the need for courage in the
face of difficult situations. I believe
one of the key reasons should be to receive a fresh word from God.
2 Samuel 5:15 we read, “The Philistines heard that David had been anointed king
over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him.” As a leader, “David inquired of the Lord” (vs.
19) as to what he should do. God gave a
plan that led to a great victory.
don’t know how much time lapsed between the battle and verse 22; but we
read, “Once more the Philistines came up.” Now many leaders would have been tempted to say, “This is the same
enemy, on the same battlefield; I’m the same leader with the same army. I defeated their giant, and I just beat them
to a pulp. I’ve got this all figured
out. What worked in the past will work
again.” I wonder how often our efforts fail because we have a “been there, done
23 identifies what distinguishes David as a great leader: “so David inquired of
the Lord.” David again went to the Lord
in prayer for fresh direction, and the Lord gave him a new and different
battle plan that again brought victory.
leadership, there are no routine decisions. No matter how talented or skilled you may be, there is need for fresh
direction that only comes from our times of prayer. This passage provides a couple of
observations on a leader’s prayer life.
Leaders must spend
time in God’s presence before they can lead others. When Charles Spurgeon was asked the secret of
his ministry success, he responded, “Knee work! Knee work!” Andrew Murray asked,
“What is the reason why so many thousands of Christian workers in the world
have not had greater influence? Nothing save
this – the prayerlessness of their service.” David never assumed what he should do. Even if the tasks seemed routine, “he inquired of the Lord.”
prayer life must be specific. God wants us to
pray about our goals and dreams. The
more specific we can be in our prayer life, the more direct God can
answer. In Luke 9:11, Jesus said,
“Ask…Seek…Knock.” That spells ASK!
4:2, “You do not have because you do not ask God.”
33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable
things you do not know.”
3:20 reminds us that we can’t out-ask or out-dream God. Stretch your imagination and let God take you
further than you’ve ever gone in your prayer life.
leader’s most important resource is a consistent prayer life. The place of prayer is where leaders meet
with God. Prayer is the one thing that
keeps us humble and gives us direction, courage, and confidence in all we’re
asked to do.