Psalm 101 is a beautiful anthem, profession, vow and dependent-upon-God prayer by a Hebrew King. I’ve read it numerous times. It’s fun to read it in multiple versions, from various angles. Upon reading it recently in my quiet time, I felt led to paraphrase it in the language of a contemporary marketplace leader, as a morning prayer for a business leader like me. Perhaps it’s a prayer the world would benefit from if more of us prayed (kneeling!) this before embarking upon our calendar-driven days!
Father, I pray that I would lead in such a way that embodies Your love, truth and goodness as my act of worship.
I seek to be a diligent apprentice of Your Word and uncommon path of leadership, never jeopardizing your glory or this team by foolishness, pride or shady practices.
I hope I walk with you, abiding in you and encountering Your amazing presence throughout my busyness and work today.
I will reject the rat race, deceptive American Dream and delusion that results in chasing shiny things which only leads to disappointment and destruction.
I seek to be wise in who I choose to find peer counsel in, emulate for leadership or what lifestyle and pattern of success I let define me – knowing that so many end up bankrupt, rebellious and toxic compared to abundant life in Your Kingdom!
I will guard my heart in leadership against even those shadow sins that seek to corrupt, distract, pervert or compromise me.
By Your power and for Your glory I will be an agent of transparency, dignity, love and servant leadership.
I accept my commissioning as an agent of reconciliation and will fight against evil, oppression and any expressions of a destructive culture in this place. I ask that You give me the capacity to see people as You see them, to create such a flourishing environment that all who strive for goodness are abundantly blessed by working with me and that this organization can be a beacon of what life under Your Administration means for mankind.
Please give me strength to also be a vigilant defender of this ideal, having the courage to confront and protect this mission and these people from harm and dysfunction. You have told me that this kind of leadership is not for the faint of heart, that daily I must armor up for the battle required to fulfill my commission and calling as a leader. Knowing that You do not send me out but invite me to join You in this endeavor, I embrace this leadership assignment that moment by moment, day by day, my work might glorify You and be a blessing to people.
I don’t think it is a coincidence that immediately after Paul’s exhortation to some Jesus people in Turkey about being Christ-centered in work (see Ephesians 6:5-9) that he then delivers the equipping concept of the “Armor of God.” This kind of leadership is a battle. And it matters.
This is a prayer I needed today. Who else needs this prayer?