” Setting the Standard by the Spirit of Prayer in Leadership. ”
In this scriptural account Miriam just dies. (Numbers 20:1-12) This had to be tough on Moses, (verse 1) Israel lacked resources. (verse 2) The people were not happy with their leaders. (verses 3-5) Moses and Aaron enter into a prayer shift after this and show up and speak to them. (verse 6) However, Moses misrepresents God’s voice, God’s mind, and God’s image for leadership in verse 10.
As we proceed with the story, now God rebukes and corrects Moses for it in verse 12. All because he did ministry with a contempt for the people. Moses was God’s standard for the people to judge their walk by: handling problem relationships; how to approach God while you are hurting; how to cope with unappreciative people; setting the standard for fearing; etc. It is so serious that his actions caused him not to see the Promise Land.
A leader’s actions must always reflect three important leadership principles: reflecting God’s Spirit and ways in a situation; reflecting God’s Word in a situation; reflecting your pastor (Godly authority) and fellowship guidelines and standards in dealing with the saints. Otherwise, you are smiting the rock of Moses with the wrong attitude in leadership.
So how do we avoid smiting the rock with contempt? How do we reflect leadership properly? “Now I know you fear me.” (Genesis 22:12) Our consecration of worship, prayer, and fasting must be mixed with the fear of God in it. This requires transparency with your attitude towards God and men. It requires affection displayed towards God and men. This requires putting nothing before your love and integrity with God, including your Isaacs…like money, things, children, a relationship, etc.
Like Moses, we face some hardships: spiritual Miriams dying, lack of resources, and some saints being unhappy with our decision-making. But, let us go to Jehovah Jireh right now…that when we hit our faces and rise up after worship, we will show God’s standard for leadership. II Timothy 2:24-26 says, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
that our personal agendas do not hurt or interfere with God’s Kingdom business.
that we do not cause the saints to stumble with our selfishness.
that our wounds do not cause people to see Jesus in an unhealthy way.
that we show the Saints God’s standard and Pastor’s standards for church sacrificial living and giving.
that we do not misrepresent our leadership with our own philosophical agendas.
Pastor Don Rogers
The Pentecostals of Wisconsin
Wisconsin District Prayer Coordinator
WNOP North Central Regional Prayer Coordinator
( Information from: World Network of Prayer firstname.lastname@example.org )