Plead for Holy Boldness, Fervent Prayer and Strong Scripture Focus in God’s Leaders

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31, v32; 20:24 ff; 1 Cor 2:4; 2 Tim 1:6-7; 4:1-2).

God purposes that His leaders be filled with holy boldness, fervent prayer and Scripture. Throughout history one principle is constant — as go the leaders, so goes the Church! Only Spirit-empowered Bible-filled leaders bring churches into true New Testament power.9 To be fully empowered, leaders must also be strong in fervent prayer. In today’s Church, far too many leaders rely more on human training, programs and methods than holiness, empowerment and spiritual fire from above. Rather than being deeply prayerful holy men of great spiritual anointing, many depend more on positive thinking and human leadership skills.

Over the last century, many pastors and church leaders drifted into serious weakness in the three areas crucial to full biblical empowerment. The areas are: (1) maintaining prayer lives that are powerful, deep and fervent, (2) strong Bible-filled preaching of God’s whole council and (3) leading powerful meetings of corporate prayer and church-wide repentance. Surveys leave no doubt that most pastors evidence serious neglect and weakness in at least two of the vital areas. Many now acknowledge they are deficient in all three! We need to remember that in most cases pastors have had little training toward effective personal and corporate prayer. Rather than criticize, we must earnestly pray for our pastors to return to these essential elements of truly empowered churches. Modern spiritual leaders are faced with many intense pressures. They desperately need our fervent prayers and encouragement.

Mark this well: genuine spiritual movements come only by prayer-filled leaders accurately declaring God’s whole counsel in the full power of the Spirit. Great spiritual awakenings do not come primarily from the ideas, personalities, strategies or clever clichés of men. (1 Cor 2:4-5; 4:20) They come from fervent prayer, deep repentance and God’s word fully declared. If we are to see sweeping spiritual renewal in our day, we must see a renewal of Spirit-empowered, Bible-filled leaders.

While new methods and strategies can certainly be helpful, they are never the main force behind nation-shaking revivals. Yet sadly, many are placing enormous focus on the latest new theory while virtually ignoring God’s ways of genuine spiritual power. Regardless of growth theories that quickly come and go, there are no short cuts to true New Testament power. If there is to be hope for genuine spiritual awakening in our day, we must pray for an explosion of prayer-filled leaders who accurately proclaim God’s full council in holiness, grace and power. We must pray for true shepherds after God’s own heart, not mere promoters of themselves and the latest popular fads. (Jer 3:15)

  • Mighty God, we praise You that You desire to give us leaders after Your own heart. Please touch our pastors and leaders with deep repentance, powerful prayer and renewed passion for Yourself. Teach them to rely upon Your Spirit far more than the latest program, strategy or training. Fill them with a spirit of prayer and holy boldness. Cause them to proclaim Your whole biblical council with courage, love and power. Teach them to be leaders of personal and corporate prayer and to fill Your people with Scripture. Save our leaders from today’s flood of false prophecy, weak prayer and shallow preaching. Grant to our leaders and their families, a mighty wall of protection from the world, the flesh and the devil.
  • Lord, I repent of a lack of boldness and power. I trust You to fill me with a spirit of boldness, power and faithfulness to declare Your whole word. Forgive me for any compromise in the content and manner of my leadership. Help me not only believe Your whole word, but also live and proclaim it. As a church, we repent of any compromise in proclaiming Your word. Help us settle for nothing less than true holiness, boldness and power.

(Praying God’s Heart in Times Like These! “A Covenant to Seek the Reviver Not Just Revival, © Dr. Gregory Frizzell, 2009, www.frizzellministries.org, www.masterdesign.org/frizzell.html, by permission from the author. Download Covenant)

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