Leaders is a general term and we might automatically think of political leaders, prime ministers, presidents, kings, queens and the like. Yet many people lead whether in an official or unofficial capacity. Some people influence others and do not think of themselves as leaders – they just happen to like telling other people their opinions about what should be done…

If you are in a position of leadership, you may well realise what a responsibility it is. In fact, the more power you have, the more you might be scared of it. Thinking about it, it is not so much a surprise to find how many leaders started out very reluctantly: Gideon, Moses, Jeremiah and Peter in the Bible immediately spring to mind.

In our cynical world it would be easy to doubt the expressions of humility from our politicians. Yet it says something when we recognise that some of our best leaders are those who do so because they believe they are called to lead. They may have an inkling of the trouble and hassle that accompanies the task of leading others; they may not even be comfortable with the idea of wielding power; but, for the good of others, their company, community or country, they accept the task. We should pray for all leaders, not just the truly humble ones, because no one can succeed on their own.

A prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit

God, from of old, you taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit. Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour. Amen. (from Common Worship)