The Law of Intuition Part 6

Leaders Think Strategically-2 Kings 3:9-27

The kings of Judah, Israel, and Edom ally themselves to fight Moab. But in the middle of the desert they make a horrifying discovery: They have run out of water! Panic strikes until they remember Elisha and his connection to the God of miracles.

Elisha responds differently to the request than they had imagined. He declares God will give them plenty of water—that was easy. But he also predicts God will give them Moab itself (2 Kings. 3:17, 18)!

The principal is this: These kings were diverted from there big-picture mission with a logistical matter. No doubt, water was important. But God reminded them that they had asked only for the small thing, not the ultimate thing.

Years ago, Discipleship Journal published an article on this very lesson. Our prayers as leaders must become strategic.

  • Logistical prayer: We pray logistically when we ask God for the small things: “Lord, help the microphones to work today as I teach.”
  • Tactical prayer: We pray tactically when we pray for more meaningful things, but still not for the ultimate: “Lord, help me to say something meaningful today to my people.”
  • Strategic prayer: We pray strategically when we pray for the ultimate purposes of God: “Lord, may You be glorified today and may You raise up disciples from this meeting.”

Join me next time for The Law of Intuition Part 7