I’ve been posting about walking in a ministry of excellence. There’s another benefit to the walk of excellence that’s not so readily apparent. This begins when your spirit of excellence starts to become evident to those around you.
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
II Corinthians 9:13-15
As other believers notice that you’re walking in the excellent grace of God, you’ll start to receive the prayer support that you’ve only dreamed of. This is especially important for those in leadership positions.
Church leaders need to be constantly covered in prayer by those they minister to. It’s the lack of prayer that contributes to the many who “fall out” of leadership positions every year.
I believe that one of the main reasons that church people aren’t coming together to pray is that most of them don’t see a ministry of excellence worthy of their prayer time. Those churches that are in the “excellent” category never seem to be without the prayer support that’s so necessary in bringing about the victory.
It’s that spirit of excellence that they see in you that will draw them to “buy into the vision” that God has given you. It will not happen with a man-sized vision. They will only throw their support whole-heartedly behind a vision that obviously only God can perform.
The above verse states that first it’s their hearts that respond to the grace they see working in you and your ministry. Then, after their hearts are affected, their prayers will follow.
So often I have seen leaders and Pastors trying to cajole their people to come together to pray. That seems to be the big question most churches wrestle with. Why don’t the people pray? If they know that it will be business as usual whether they pray or not, then why bother?
This verse makes it clear that nothing less than a spirit of excellence can ignite a spark of heartfelt prayer. There will be no need to force the people by using the guilt tactics that I see so many pastors wielding today. On the contrary, people will desire to pray for God to accomplish His will in the ministry.
We need to go after God’s vision for our lives then pursue it with all our hearts. This will encourage others to become involved and will start the spiritual “snowball” rolling.
Question: How often do you pray for your spiritual leaders?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013