#DETOX is designed to prioritize God in the new year as we allow him to cleanse and renew our souls (Psalm 51:10). Together, we are committing to 21 days of prayer and fasting so that we might come into greater alignment with God’s will, purposes and plans believing and trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact and change in our lives, our church and our world.
Over the course of our #DETOX journey, we will have a daily prayer focus that will help guide and unify us as a community in prayer as we seek God's heart together on a variety of topics. You can find an overview of our daily prayer focus topics here. The following post is meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration on what and how you might pray on today's prayer focus, but should not limit how God leads you in praying. Be sure to follow along daily at our #DETOX Daily Blog here.
Prayer Focus: Church Leadership & Ministries
24 A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 Not so with you; instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. —Luke 22:24-27
What comes to mind when you think about leadership? Often times we tend to equate leadership with those with the most power, charisma, influence and vision. We’ve been conditioned to believe that what qualifies a leader is their experience, titles, education and accolades. Gifted leaders are ambitious and outspoken and driven. When it comes to thinking about leaders and leadership, the truth is, the last thing we tend to think about is ourselves.
Yet it’s interesting that Jesus’ paradigm for leadership in the Kingdom of God has less to do with outward qualifications and accomplishments, and more to do with an inward attitude of the heart. In fact, when a couple of his disciples get in an argument about who is the greatest between them, Jesus interrupts them and offers a new model for leadership; one that directly opposes the stereotypical leadership paradigm. It’s called servant leadership. Because while the world tends to view leadership as primarily about authority and power and ruling over others, God’s vision for leadership is one of humble service. In fact, the scriptures tell us that the greatest of all leaders, Jesus himself, came not to be served, but to serve.
See, leadership in the church is ultimately about service. It’s about serving others. It’s about serving each other. In fact, I heard someone once say that if you’re too big to serve, then you’re too small to lead. I wonder what would happen in the church if we all took on the role of a servant leader? Because at the end of the day, leadership is less about titles and positions, and more about a posture and an attitude and a desire to serve. I wonder how much more the church could accomplish and how many more people could be served if we didn’t relegate the role and responsibility of leadership to certain people with certain titles who lead certain ministries or certain co-ops.
What if we all discovered that we’re all called to be servant leaders in His Kingdom and in His church? And no matter how unlikely of a leader you might think you are, God sees a leader in you. I wonder if today, he’s simply inviting you to start seeing yourself the way that he sees you.
Spend some time praying this morning for the following:
Ask God to help you identify ways and opportunities in which he might be calling you to be a servant leader today.
Pray that God would give an extra measure of strength, passion, wisdom, joy and courage to the many servant leaders in our church who give faithfully and sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to lead various ministries in our church.
Ask God to bring to mind a servant leader in our church today that you might be able to speak a word of encouragement to that would bless and affirm them.
Pray for increased effectiveness and impact of our various ministries and that God would continue to raise up servant leaders and volunteers to serve alongside these ministries.
Ask God to give inspiration, creativity and vision to those in our church to start new ministries that might serve and reach people that currently aren’t being served or reached.