Imagine a still, cool pool. You drop a pebble into the water and watch the ripples. That one, small stone influences the movement of the water in many directions. It influences what happens below the surface as well.
All lives have influence. Little comments, kindnesses and prayers ripple through lives in ways we can see and ways we will not know until we go home to heaven.
Some people, however, find themselves in large public forums, where their words and actions are made known to millions on a regular basis. They have the means to shape public opinion on national and international levels.
- Celebrities, editors and producers who influence trends and lifestyle choices
- Government officials who influence public policy, legislation, and judicial action
- Educators who influence what children learn and the way they learn it
- Pastors of huge congregations and denominational representatives who are called upon to speak for Christianity
- Media outlet executives who influence what information we receive and how we receive it
- Activist groups who raise awareness on some issues but not others, who control great sums of charitable giving
- Business interests who influence how things are made, distributed, and priced
Leadership = influence = power
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NRSV)
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
As Christ followers, we are to pray for persons of influence on a regular basis. Who will you lift up with the following prayer or a prayer of your own making? Have you ever written a prayer and sent it to a person of influence? – Lisa <><
Almighty God, move with conviction and salvation upon individuals and groups with cultural influence. Make them aware of all you have entrusted to their care. Surround them with godly counsel and give them the courage to heed it, even in the face of great pressures. Fill them to overflowing with the fruit of your Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Raise up in them a deep desire to promote justice and the common good that they in turn may raise up others to lives of honor, integrity and compassion for all persons. Nurture in them a reverence for your power and authority that they in turn may point others to you. We ask this in the name of Jesus and for your eternal glory. Amen.
For another prayer on this theme by Steve Garnaas-Holmes entitled A Prayer for Justice, click here
For an excellent article about the influences of today’s featured artist, Joel Washington, click here
For a worship resource entitled A Prayer for Those who Govern, click here
A Prayer for Those with Influence © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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