A Prayer for Church Leaders
O Holy and Most Merciful Father,
We come before Your presence earnestly beseeching You
To purify Church leaders from all evil
And protect them from all harm.
Guard them from false doctrine,
Keeping them pure in thought, word, and deed.
Grant them keenness of mind, nobility of spirit, and purity of heart,
So they may lead Your people into absolute Truth.
Through them, lead Your people to safe pastures
And guard them by night and by day.
Through the Holy Spirit, prepare and empower Church leaders
To bring forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world
For the salvation of the lost.
Empower Church leaders to expand the borders of Your Church
Through Your love, Your light, and Your life-giving sacrifice
Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
– Rev. Dr. James F. Linzey –
National Bible Week 2009