At first glance, the idea of praying for yourself or your worship team might sound pretty obvious. I mean, of course we pray, right?

I think that because this is actually such a basic premise of Christian leadership, it’s something that is easy for us to overlook. I know it is for me.

There is no autopilot for a godly leader; we must always be prayerful about our hearts, our decisions, and the people we’re leading. One of the primary ways we determine that we have grown as successful leaders is when we have come to the place where we are constantly in prayer and dependence upon God for direction, ideas, and wisdom. It is truly through admitting our weakness that we become strong.

There is no autopilot for a Godly leader; we must always be prayerful about our hearts, our decisions, and the people we’re leading. Click To Tweet

It took me years to realize how important it is to be a prayerful leader. Someone once asked me, “How often do you pray for your own heart as a leader?” The question shocked me because honestly, I never really did. Wasn’t praying for myself a prideful thing for me to do? Well, no. Communing with God and asking Him to intervene on your behalf is modeled throughout Scripture. The fruit I have seen through having focused times of prayer for myself and my worship team is amazing. After the course of several years, I have now come to realize that praying for yourself and those under you is a lot more than just a good idea; I’d go so far as to call it a prerequisite for all leaders.

Praying for your own heart

Before we look at praying for your team, it’s important to first lay a foundation for the importance of praying for yourself. Let’s start where the prayers are needed the most – with leaders (in our case, worship leaders.) It took me a long time to get to a place of admitting that I actually needed to pray for myself.

A good leader is one who first and foremost prays for his or her own heart in leadership. How many times have you prayed for yourself, for wisdom in your leadership, or for grace to lead better? Several years ago, I began making this a normal part of my prayer time and I’ve seen such fruitfulness from it. Not only have I grown on a personal level, but my perspective of the team has changed as well.

Here are some of the ways that I have grown since I have intentionally started to pray for myself on a regular basis:

Love. I have begun to get the heart of the Lord for my team. I am consciously asking God to help me love the people on my team more like Christ loves them.

Patience. I’ve become more patient with people on my team both in regards to growing musically and in understanding personalities.

Insight. My eyes have been opened to see the personalities, gifts, and uniqueness of each person on my team.

Stewardship. I’ve become a better steward of the talent, time, team members, and resources that the Lord has given me.

Fear of the Lord. I have a healthy fear of the Lord as I realize that I am not only stewarding my gifting, but also calling my team members to steward their gifts and abilities.

Servanthood. I serve my team better. I have come to realize that it is not just about me, my sound, and what I want. It is about those I am serving and their unique giftings and abilities that I want to draw out.

Conflict resolution. I deal better with conflict when it arises on the team.

I encourage you to take a moment now and begin praying for your own heart and then listen and see what the Holy Spirit might speak.

Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Mt Baker National Forest, WA. Check out more of his work here.

I’m Justin Rizzo. I enable worship leaders who feel isolated, overworked, and unfocused to experience peace, confidence and create thriving worship communities.

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  1. Rick Shahin

    Hi Justin you are a gift to God’s people God has shown me recently not to just love others He has taken me to a different mindset and that is to become Love. 1 John 4:17 , Matthew 6:10, Matthew 5:48, John 17 to name a few. The new testament is full of scripture that clearly show us that we can become love not just be able to love. I declare many times daily I am the love of God in Christ Jesus I believe this with prayer worship fasting will transform my Soul to have the mind of Christ.

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