Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Godly Leadership

Nehemiah was a leader who was able to cast a vision of the work that needed to be accomplished (the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem).  He inspired cooperation from men of all stations of life.  They worked shoulder to shoulder - goldsmiths, perfumers, leaders, etc. (Nehemiah 3)

Our homes, churches and our country need leaders like Nehemiah who can cast a vision of what needs to be done, who set the proper example and who can inspire cooperation and unity.  We need leaders who stand strong even in the face of opposition from inside and outside (Nehemiah 6).  We need leaders with character and leaders who pray like Nehemiah.  "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, . . . . ., let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to the prayer Your servant is praying . . . . ." (Nehemiah 1:5-11)

Throughout the book of Nehemiah, we see instances of Nehemiah's habit of praying.  In Nehemiah 2:4, the king asked Nehemiah what he wanted and before he responded, Scripture states, "Then I prayed to the God of heaven."

When opposition and threats arose from their enemies concerning the rebuilding of the wall, Nehemiah prayed, "Now strengthen my hands." (Nehemiah 9:6b)

Several times Nehemiah asked God to remember him and show mercy and favor.  We need leaders who pray, who have character, who are able to cast a vision and lead by example.  "Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18a, KJV)

We need to pray for these kinds of leaders in our homes, churches, our towns, our state, our country and even in the world.  We are urged to pray for our leaders.  In 2 Timothy 2:1-2, we are told to pray for everyone, including kings and all those in authority so we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Pray America.  Pray church.  Pray, pray, pray for godly leadership.

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