As for me, far be it from me tha I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.
1 Samuel 12:23
First off, some background on this verse.
Samuel is getting ready to fade off of the scene; to ride off into the sunset.
As leaders though, what he said here, I think, gives an Old Testament example of Acts 6:4.
In Acts 6:4, the focus for spiritual shepherds is praying for people and sharing God’s Word with people.
1 Samuel 12:23 is clear, Samuel calls failing to pray for people in Israel sin.
Two responsibilities for spiritual leaders are praying for people and teaching them right and wrong based on God’s Word. Those should be our focus.
For now, let’s think of the prayer aspect.
The Holy Spirit has a way of taking God’s Word and helping us ponder it and apply it. Most likely, you and the Spirit know if you’re sinning in failing to pray for those you shepherd or not. So, pause. Disengage your inner lawyer. And honestly ask yourself, “Am I praying for others on a regular basis? Am I teaching them what is good and right?”
And if you answer no to either of those, just say a quick, honest prayer asking for the Father’s forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9).
Then start praying for those under your spiritual care and leadership. Then start teaching them the way that is good and right.
One thing I do on a regular basis is to pray God’s Word for people. Take some of the following and pray God’s Word for your people.
Romans 12:1-2 Ephesians 1:16-20 Ephesians 3:16-19 Philippians 1:9-11
Colossians 1:9-14 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
2 Thessalonians 2:16
Feel free to share how God answers these prayers for people in the comments section.
God may use it to encourage someone else.