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Most of us are aware that the Bible calls us to pray for those who have authority over us in government. But let me suggest that we need to pray quite as much for spiritual leaders whom God has raised up to touch our lives and strengthen His church. Many of you are already praying, hopefully daily, for your pastor, your Bible study teacher or that person who has a great influence in your life.

Beyond praying for those whom we know personally are some who teach and inspire us. Many of these influence entire nations and much of the world. It is crucial to pray for their spiritual, moral and even physical protection. You know that the enemy is bombarding them in every way he can think of. You can easily imagine how many people would be harmed if they fell into sin, heresy and public disgrace. And who knows what God might do through them because you are praying.

I pray every day for Eric Metaxis. I know my prayer is part of God using him. There are other writers with not nearly so public personas that I pray for. I once shared Christ with someone by getting them to read Vienna Prelude, by Bodie and Brock Thoene. I pray for them and their powerful novels. My wife and I read Phillip Yancey's Disappointment With God, years ago when our daughter was critically ill. My wife was reading in the night in our daughter's hospital room tears streaming down her cheeks as God ministered to her. A nurse came running into the room wondering why Marsha was crying.

"Oh, I'm just reading this book." She held it up. The nurse charged her not to read it any more in the hospital room in the night. God used that book in our lives in those days.

Do you pray for Franklin Graham? Are you praying for his son, William? I also continue to pray for another of Billy Graham’s grandsons, Tullian Tchividjian, after all that has befallen him. I am sure much of it is his own fault. Who knows how God might restore him. And I still pray for Billy in these final years of his life.

I think we need to pray daily for Tim Keller with his emphasis on the gospel touching all of life. I pray with him and with Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan as they desire the number of believers in New York to triple in the next ten years. We need to pray for Ravi Zacharias and the ministry of his team members in more than a dozen countries across the world. Ravi will be on hundreds of university campuses this year. 

I often discover some new preacher to pray for, maybe one that I should have been praying for all along. I just added Chip Ingram and David Jeremiah to my daily prayer list. I can't wait to see who God calls to my attention next. God may use me to pray for a Luther, a Wesley, another C.S. Lewis or an Elijah for these days. My prayers could become vital support for the two witnesses that stand before all the earth in Revelation 11. Whom will God use you to pray for to further His kingdom on the earth? 

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Comment by David Young on June 1, 2016 at 11:24pm

Lest you feel sorry for me, I do still preach some and I could do more than activities than I do. My cancer is stable, and has been for some time.

Comment by David Young on June 1, 2016 at 11:22pm

Bless you, Andrew. I do not time my prayer time. My health keeps me from most ministry besides praying and writing. And I have prayer lists on my phone so I can pray while my wife is in the store or while I sit in a doctor's office. I do read quite a bit as well. 

I do not have a separate prayer list for spiritual leaders. I have them blended into a list of missionaries. I do have David Platt on that list, and give thanks to God for him. However, what I do may not be related at all to what the Father will lead you to do. 


Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on June 1, 2016 at 6:13pm

David, thanks for the inspiration!  I confess that I don't regularly pray for spiritual leaders, but God is using your words to convict me.  Since you named names, my starting point is going to be David Platt.  I'm excited about the adventure that God is going to lead me on!

Your list is a bit intimidating.  Do you pray for all of these leaders every day?  How much time to you spend praying for each of them, if I may ask?  I'm just trying to figure out how to do this meaningfully and sustainably, given other prayer assignments as well.

Again, thanks for these inspiring words!!

Comment by Phil Miglioratti on May 31, 2016 at 12:22pm

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