A Prayer for Group and Section Leaders

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’’

– Matthew 6:9-13

Heavenly Father, hallowed by your name.  You are mighty and you are glorious.  You are true, and you are lovely.  Thank you for who you are.  We are in awe.  You are worthy of our praise, worthy of our worship, worthy of our adoration.  God, you are worthy!

Jesus, in your mighty name, we seek your kingdom and your will over the lives of every leader serving in Section Community and in Groups here at New Life Church.  Lord, in all your sovereignty, will you lead them in their ministry and their care for others?  May their eyes and ears be fixed upon you; what you are doing and what you are saying.  May they follow in your footsteps and repeat what you are speaking.

Lord, bring them today their daily bread.  Whatever they need in life and in ministry today, Lord, would you provide it?  Will you touch their lives with your hand of provision?  In your faithfulness, will you meet them where they are at?  As they pour out the ministry within them, would you replenish them and fill their cup to overflowing?  Would you anoint them with strength, wisdom, and understanding?  Would you also lead them into timely rest?

Lord Jesus, if there is anything within the hearts of our leaders that is hindering their ministry, would you draw their attention to those things?  In your sweet counsel, will you guide them to a place of forgiveness and freedom?  Father, will you speak your words of life over them that they would walk in and with a grace filled presence?  May the knowledge that they are sons and daughters of the One true and living God ring ever true in their hearts and minds, resulting in the confidence that as forgiven and forgiving members of your household, there is nothing that can harm them or subdue the ministry which you are fulfilling in them.

Holy God, would you protect these leaders?  Would you guide their paths and keep them safe from the enemy’s traps?  Would you cover their heads, guard their hearts, and guide their hands and feet?  Lead them, Lord, away from all that can tempt them or entice them.  Would you deafen their ears to the voice of the enemy and remind them always that they bear the image of their Creator and that they carry with them the armor of the great and mighty God?  May they walk in the confidence that victory and vengeance belongs to you.  May they lean upon you, Holy Spirit, taking refuge in you, finding shelter in the shadow of your wings, and running to you in times of trouble.  Would you deliver them, Holy Spirit, from the evil one, and all his plots and schemes?

You are the King of kings and Lord of lords.  You reign forevermore.  We worship you, Jesus, and we say thank you for loving us as you do.  For being mindful of us.  For never leaving us, nor forsaking us.  May your blessing be upon us all, and in particular, may your blessing be upon the Section and Group leaders who faithfully serve, who courageously lead, who lovingly disciple, and who tenderly care for the members of your body at New Life Church.

We seek you, Jesus, that we may Go Deeper and Grow Stronger in our relationship with you.

In your mighty name we pray, Amen!  So be it!

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