Prayer is ultimately an act of dependence.
When we pray to God we are either giving thanks for who he is, giving thanks for what he has done, or in need of his wisdom, power and provision. Proper prayer is dependence. It is holy communication to one who is sovereign and supreme. And every spiritual leader is in need of bending the knee daily to that authority. As I read the Bible there are many passages that leap off the page as very relevant to the life of a leader.
Psalm 2 is a Messianic Psalm. That means that it is about the person of Jesus Christ. But it also seems to be addressed to the leaders of the world. The Psalmist mocks worldly leadership when it chooses to be opposed to God and his purposes. He points everyone to the King, the Son of God, who will possess the nations as his heritage. The Psalm ends with a call to wisdom for all worldly kings.
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:10-12
Ultimately, leaders are to “serve the Lord” and to “kiss the Son.”
Both of these are acts of submission. Service may be obvious as an act of submission. But to “kiss” the hand of someone was to acknowledge their supremacy over you. Literally this is an act of worship. The Psalmist describes the net result of taking these actions as taking refuge in him. Notice that the consequence of these choices is blessing. Every “ruler of the earth” needs to bend the knee in submission to Jesus Christ. This keeps a leader from the deadly disease of pride and helps to ensure that he or she is leading according to the true King’s agenda.
Join me in prayer today to that end for our personal leadership lives.