What’s the Deal with Delegation? Part 4: Improving Personal Prayer Life

When’s the last time you asked someone to assist you in church work?  Did they readily accept or reject your request? Did you regret your decision because of disastrous results?  Did things work the way you planned, if not better? How could you have known? Today’s topic about “Improving Personal Prayer Life” concludes our series on “What’s the Deal with Delegation?”
Prayer is an essential part of a Christian’s life.   In fact, Jesus makes this very clear in Luke 18:1-8 with the account of the Parable of the Persistent Widow.  We can easily forget one important aspect of prayer: we should always focus on God’s will and not our own. James 4:13-16, 1 John 5:14, and Philippians 4:19 speak to Christians’ unwavering goal to humbly yield to God’s perfect will because He has total vision about our lives, whereas we only have tunnel vision.   By the same token, God’s sovereignty includes His permissive will based on our independent actions and/or disobedience which temporarily slows the process by which prayers are answered but not the result of our prayers.  I highly recommend John MacArthur’s short book Found:  God’s Will for more on this topic.
Another consideration about prayer is that God cares about our personal and professional needs as church leaders. Matthew 6: 25-34 reminds us that God knows, supplies, and cares about our physical, emotional, and spiritual life experiences.  Christian leaders should especially find comfort in those verses because they can also be applied to the church. God is all-powerful, all knowing, and all present so we should rely upon Him for direction regarding our lives, the Great Commission, and the Church.
Prayer is unquestionably an essential part of every believers’ life, especially for Christian leaders whose decisions, attitudes, and motives impact the congregation and the community.  You may have heard of the statement “Prayer changes things.” It certainly does. Prayer can even change how you feel about improving your personal prayer life. It’s certainly helps frame our fews about delegation.

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