Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” (1 Tim. 2:1).
READ: John 17:1,6-8
The desire to occupy leadership positions in the church is good, but you must have Heaven’s backing. You must have call from the Owner of the work. The litmus test of any ministry is whether it is commissioned from Heaven or earth. Who gave you the go ahead for that assignment—God or man? It is important to note that Kingdom leaders are called by God. God is interested in who leads His people. Sometimes, He searches the whole earth to pick just one suitable person for a particular assignment. May the Lord pick you for great divine assignments in Jesus name.
Shortly before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane, and subsequently the Cross, the Lord prayed for the believers and especially for the leaders he trained for three and a half years. This was very important to Him because the failure of these leaders would abort the purpose for His coming to earth and all his labours. After all, success without a successor amounts to failure. He had to pray because of the major change that was coming their way—that is, His physical departure from the world. If He needed to pray for these leaders, how much more do we need to pray for our leaders today, especially when change is the air. How often do you pray for your leaders? When there is a vacancy in the top echelon of the church, know it is time to pray. If you do not pray or you do not pray enough, the wrong person may occupy that position and God’s purpose will be aborted.
Some leaders are easily influenced the wrong way. Even in the church today, there are schemers and lobbyists who would make mouth-watering offers to leaders in exchange for leadership positions. Although some may indicate their interest in certain positions, others may not. However, due to the fact that those in authority do receive certain gratifications, they become compelled to ‘reward’ such people who have ‘blessed’ them with positions. Look around you and you will find faithful, God-pleasing brethren neglected because they don’t have money or do not believe in bribing their way. Today, many leadership positions are occupied by ‘money bags’. The Holy Spirit is left out of such appointments. This is why you must pray for your leaders. Never use appointments as an avenue for rewarding those who have given things to you. Exercise restraints when it comes to appointments. Pray and be led.
The dangers greedy leaders cannot see right in front of them, others can see a mile away. Pray for your leaders to be lead of God always.
Bible in One year: 1 Sam 14-16