Why should we pray? While reading through Spiritual Leadership by Henry and Richard Blackaby I came across this question, “Why Should Leaders Pray?”
Here are the Blackaby’s 6 reasons why a leader should pray.
Why Should Leaders Pray
- Prayer is an essential leadership activity
- Prayer brings the Spirit’s filling.
- Prayer brings God’s wisdom.
- Prayer accesses God’s power.
- Prayer relieves stress.
- Prayer reveals God’s agenda. (Spiritual Leadership, page 153)
How is your prayer life as a leader? Do you have any other suggestions for a healthy prayer life for leaders?
Quotes About Prayer
“Prayer does not influence God. Prayer surely does influence God. It does not influence His purpose. It does influence His action.” S.D. Gordon
Prayer “is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.” Chrysostom
“Prayer is the greatest of all forces, because it honors God and brings him into active aid.” E.M. Bounds
Prayer should not be regarded “as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.” E.M. Bounds
“Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.” John Calvin
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” Oswald Chambers
“Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian.” Andrew Murray
“The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts, and lack of intimacy with God’s character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline.” Oswald Chambers
“Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.” E. M. Bounds
“A life growing in its purity and devotion will be a more prayerful life.” E. M. Bounds
“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.” E. M. Bounds
“Prayer is the acid test of devotion.” Samuel Chadwick
“As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.” Martin Luther
“Prayer is my chief work, and it is by means of it that I carry on the rest.” Thomas Hooker, Puritan
“The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.” Leonard Ravenhill
“We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ”. E. M. Bounds
“Prayer wonderfully clears the vision; steadies the nerves; defines duty; stiffens the purpose; sweetens and strengthens the spirit.” S.D. Gordon
“The secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer.” The Kneeling Christian
“…True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.” C. H. Spurgeon
“If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.” C. H. Spurgeon
“The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.” E. M. Bounds
“If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural.” Andrew Murray
“We do not pray at all until we are at our wits’ end.” Oswald Chambers