Prayer For Leader

Lord, grace and grow the women in our congregation to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips or enslaved to much wine. Put good teaching on their lips so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. (Titus 2:3-5)

Eternal Father, I pray that You will give every leader strength, so they do not grow weary in their leadership role. Father, the tasks may seem overwhelming and exhausting, but I pray that every leader will recognize that they are assigned to do Your will. Therefore, I know that at the right time, they will reap the harvest/rewards if they do not give up. Lord, I pray for divine strength for every leader and that they will not rely on themselves, but on You. Amen.

Father I pray that you would surround our elders with grace to be men above reproach, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not given to argument or fighting, not fond of sordid gain, but help them to be hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, and self-controlled. Empower them to hold fast to Your faithful Word so that they will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (Titus 1:7-9)

Teach me to listen, O God,
to those nearest to me,
my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that
no matter what words I hear,
the message is
"Accept the person I am. Listen to me."

Teach me to listen, my caring God,
to those far from me--
the whisper of the hopeless.
the plea of the forgotten,
the cry of the anguished.

Teach me to listen, O God my Mother,
to myself.
Help me to be less afraid
to trust the voice inside--
in the deepest part of me

Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit,
for your voice--
in busyness and in boredom,
in certainty and in doubt,
in noise and in silence.

Teach me, Lord, to listen. Amen.

Dear Lord, as those entrusted with leading this great Xavier University, please help each of us become Leaders in Balance and realize the importance and impact of our way of thinking and our way of being, because leaders are built from the inside out:
Help us approach leadership as a relationship not just a position...listening, reflective, and intentional;

Help us understand that each of us embodies Xavier's brand promise...setting the tone for what is done
and valued...building trust;

And that each of us focus on a higher purpose...Xavier's mission above personal interests;

Lord, help us appreciate how collaboration with a purpose can enable us to reach better decisions and to
execute our decisions better;

And to that end, Lord, help each of us think "outside the pyramid" to share power
and authority...encouraging innovation, releasing energy and spreading influence;

Help us realize that teaching and leadership have much in we search for truth and reality;

Understanding that at the center of collaboration is a true comfort and sincere valuing of diversity of
people, ideas and ways of enormously strengthening factor;

Finally Lord, help us all believe during these difficult times, that the challenge of leading change at
Xavier University is not about leadership in control, but leadership in balance;

To that end, we collectively embrace the value of nurturing the gene of collaboration throughout all
Xavier leaders...deep into our organization.

We make this prayer not alone, but together, for Together there is power.

Leadership is hard to define.
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.
Leadership is like a handful of water.
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.
Leadership is not about watching and correcting.
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do.
Lord, let us find out what people want.
Leadership is less about the love of power,
and more about the power of love.

Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader let us be
affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.
Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.

Let our greatest passion be compassion.
Our greatest strength love.
Our greatest victory the reward of peace.

In leading let us never fail to follow.
In loving let us never fail.

Loving Lord, we thank You for the heritage and gift of children and recognize that among today's young people, we have those who will become future leaders, teachers and pioneers, and who may one day become influential in forging the future direction of our society and take up the responsibilities for leading families, nations and the church into the future.
Lord, we pray that they may be endowed with wisdom and grow up in the fear and nurture of the Lord. Direct and govern their steps we pray, and may they find favor with God and man, being grounded in integrity and honesty, wisdom and grace.
We pray that they may walk in righteousness and truth, humility and grace and seek to live in peace with all men, without compromise and without prejudice. May they keep the Word of God as their protective shield, and be guarded against the lies, deceit and envy of fallen man.
Guard and guide those that will become societies future leaders, teachers and pioneers and may they hold fast to that which is good, live in peace with one another, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone, never repaying evil for evil, but always seeking after that which is good for one another, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name,

Loving Father, at a time when there is increasing unrest and growing fear of what is coming on the earth, we bring before You the leaders of the various nations of the world, and pray that in Your grace and mercy You would intervene and help those that are suffering so greatly in so many nations.
We pray that world leaders would seek after wisdom and justice, mercy and truth, freedom, godly grace and a desire to know You more and more. We pray that those that are deliberately opposing Your will and pushing an anti-God agenda, would be removed from their office and that their plans and purposes would be exposed, and become ineffective.
We grieve for those that are living in war-torn countries of where there is much blood-shed, corruption and unrest in their governments, and pray that in Your pity and grace You would intervene, by removing corrupt leaders and replacing them with those of integrity.
But Lord, we also know that until the Lord Jesus returns as Prince of Pease to set up His millennial kingdom, the current unrest, wars and rumours of wars, corruption and distress will continue. And so we pray that You would be merciful to those that are suffering due to the increasing unrest and fear that is sweeping the nations of the world today. This we ask in Jesus' name,