He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
Reflection: Servants in the Age of Showboats :: Worldwide Prayer
By John Tillman
The book of prayers that our Worldwide Prayer series come from was published in 1998. I have read through this book before, but this prayer jumped off the page at me as if it was voiced yesterday.
How deeply damaged is our idea of what a leader is! We cannot seem to cease from grasping at the hems of emperors and kings rather than at the hem of the humble carpenter of Galilee. Whether in politics or in the church, so many of our leaders lead in the opposite way that Jesus described to his disciples, each lording their power over one another.
Truthfully, our emperors have no clothes. They think they are rich, but they are poor, blind, and naked. Our true leader bids us follow him through tears, blows, blood, and shame, carrying our cross. May we set our face toward our Jerusalem and in his power and with his mercy, humble ourselves and follow him into servitude.
Servants in the Age of Showboats
A prayer for servant leadership from the USA
We live in an age where the proud, unethical, immoral showboat leader is honored and glorified. We have seen how this type of leadership has affected our witness to the world. We are praying for leaders whose greatness is evident through their love for you and their service to people. We pray for a revival of servant leadership around the world.
We pray for the relationships of our leaders.
- That each leader will keep in constant contact with you
- That they will only seek your approval
- That they will not waste time judging others
- That their hearts would be open, listening, and faith-filled
We pray for the actions of our leaders.
- That they would not avoid difficult decisions to win approval or to be liked
- That they would be willing to sacrifice and take risks for the building of your kingdom
- That they would never stray from the mission you have called them to
- That their “personal experiences” would help them to see their gifts more clearly and rely on you
Lord, give us leaders who will…
- Know when it is appropriate to shout and cry as long as those tears spill over into appropriate action in your name
- Be totally passionate and righteously committed to excellence for the glory of God
In the name of Jesus, who taught us how to lead as servants.
*Prayer from Hallowed be Your Name: A collection of prayers from around the world, Dr. Tony Cupit, Editor.
Prayer: The Request for Presence
To you I lift up my eyes, to you enthroned in the heavens. — Psalm 123.1
– From The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle.
Judges 14 (Listen – 3:35)
Acts 18 (Listen – 4:06)
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