A Leader’s Prayer

True leaders come to God with a humble and contrite heart over the sins of people they are leading, setting the true example of how we should come before God regarding our sins and disobedience. Leaders like Ezra don’t cast out the person in prayer but instead take on the responsibility of their guilt and shame for sins with them by praying, “O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens.” Ezra 9:6

We see that this prayer had an affect on the people as they heard it and leads them to repentance and true submission to God’s Lordship over their life: “While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him. Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, a descendant of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God, for we have married these pagan women of the land. But in spite of this there is hope for Israel. Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and to send them away with their children. We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law of God.” Ezra 10:1-3 NLT



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