April 8, 2019

Prayerful Leadership

April 8, 2019


Psalm 20
This weekend’s reading: Mark 15:1-15


This week, let us journey through the listed lectionary Psalms together. The first three days we will meditate on Psalm 20. Then Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we will turn our eyes to Psalm 31:9-16. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God!

Psalm 20 (CEB)
For the music leader. A psalm of David.
I pray that the Lord answers you
        whenever you are in trouble.
    Let the name of Jacob’s God protect you.
Let God send help to you from the sanctuary
    and support you from Zion.
Let God recall your many grain offerings;
    let him savor your entirely burned offerings. Selah
Let God grant what is in your heart
    and fulfill all your plans.
Then we will rejoice that you’ve been helped.
    We will fly our flags in the name of our God.
    Let the Lord fulfill all your requests!
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed one;
    God answers his anointed one
        from his heavenly sanctuary,
    answering with mighty acts of salvation
        achieved by his strong hand.
Some people trust in chariots, others in horses;
    but we praise the Lord’s name.
They will collapse and fall,
    but we will stand up straight and strong.
Lord, save the king!
    Let him answer us when we cry out!


  • This Psalm is a prayer for the King, the leader of Israel. Are you praying for those who lead you?
  • There are many types of leadership in the world, and even more types of leaders. What draws you to certain leaders over others?


  • Spend some time talking about the most important qualities of a good leader. Now spend some time talking about being a good follower. We need God to do both well!


Holy God, we know that at times we are called to lead, and at times we are called to follow. Whatever our circumstances, you are the one in whom we place our faith. You answer us when we are in trouble. You assure us of victory. Ease our anxieties and remind us that you are making all things new. Amen.