Prayer For Leaders With Ole Hallesby
I found the following in the classic work Prayer by Ole Hallesby, a Norwegian theologian from years gone by. This seems especially pertinent in this day and age, when we are quick to critique, quick to blog (yes, this is the pot calling the kettle black), and yet slow to actually pray for our leadership. It’s true in politics, in the workplace, and of course in the church. The aftermath of General Conference has shown this to a great extent, as everyone who is anyone (and even some, like me, who are nobodies) offer their post-mortems on the event. Perhaps all of our thoughts and energy would be better directed to God on behalf of our leaders.
It is easy to criticize leaders. After the thing is done, everybody is wise. Then we all see how it should have been done. Beforehand nobody sees what ought to be done, but that is just when leaders must act. Let us pray for our leaders at all times instead of constantly criticizing them.
By this I do not mean that we should accept uncritically everything decided by the leaders. If you think they are making a mistake, tell it to them in humility and in love. Above all, pray for them. Pray for them until the themselves are convinced that they have made a mistake. Thereby you will have succeeded in having your viewpoint adopted and, in addition, the spirit of comradeship and love of the community will have won a great victory. (Minneapolis: Augsburg 1994, 74)
Humility and love. Somebody want to write that petition for 2016?