This phrase originated with the WWII patriotic song Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer by Harold Adamson and Jimmie McHugh (1942). The song tells of a damaged warplane barely able to limp back to base.
Prayer is a vital part of our spiritual leadership, but our approach to leadership cannot succeed by barely limping along.
Our leadership is about the hope Jesus provided at the cross. We have prepared ourselves through trust and obedience to a gracious God who saved us from sin.
When we understand our leadership is focused on this kind of hope, we are not leading by a wing and a prayer. We are leading by faith!