Monday Matines: A Prayer for Lay-Leadership of the Church
Whether you go to a church that has a congregational form of government, is elder-led, or is a part of a more formal church governing body, you have men and women who serve the church who are not full-time employees. These folks give of their time and effort to love Christ Bride and receive no monetary compensation. They work all day and then have to attend business meetings that can last long (sometimes very long) into the night. They give up their time with their families to care for God’s flock. They are the heart of the church; and the strength (or weakness) of any body of Christ.
Lord, you have called some out from among your flock to serve in a special way.
You have gifted and equipped them to lead; help them to lead as servants.
You have made them teachers of your Word; help them to be teachable students of the Gospel.
You have charged them to govern your Bride; Help them not to use their authority like the world does.
You have asked them to sacrifice time in your service; bless their families as they are away.
You have called them to take up their crosses; give them the strength to carry the burden you have given them.
You have asked them to shepherd your sheep; shepherd their hearts and protect them from the evil one.
Satan has asked to sift them like wheat; Pray for them that their faith may not rail.