So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass…that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians…and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty… and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it…Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea…Not so much as one of them remained. – Exodus 14:22-28
Another category of leaders we ought to continually uphold in prayer are organisational or team leaders. These people deserve our intercession for the fear of God and His counsel to guide them in whatever they do, as their moves could affect members of their team in a positive or negative way.
From the passage above, Pharaoh mobilised his army to embark on an expedition that was doomed to fail and loss of lives. Maybe if someone had been interceding for him before then, perhaps, things might have been different, and he wouldn’t have led the hundreds of thousands of men with him into an agonising death in the belly of the sea.
In most cases, team members may not have much choice as to whether to join their team leaders in a move that has been doomed to failure. So, they only need to set out to encounter the wrath that has been stored up to be unleashed on the leader. And, sadly, members of the setup who may be innocent usually suffer alongside the leader when he is facing the consequences of his/her action or disposition.
Another example of such fatal expedition in the Bible was the case of King Ahab who was exuberant about the idea of leading his army to go to a war that had been ordained to be his last (1 Kings 22:19-20). Even when he was warned about embarking on the expedition, he turned deaf ears to the prophet and went all the same. He did not return, and many lives were lost in the resultant rout the Israelites suffered at the battlefront.
On the other hand, Abraham and Moses were examples of divinely favoured leaders whose teams benefitted from their right standing with God. Abraham’s followers prospered off him, while the lives of Moses’ team members were often spared because of Moses. This underscores the importance of praying our leaders into right standing with God, so that they can attract fortune to us, not disaster.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
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