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April 11, 1996

The Followers Prayer

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O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call! PSALM 20:9
In times of high stress or crisis, we often ask God for His guiding hand. We ask Him to show us the way. We ask Him to give us peace and to calm our personal storms.
But our prayers don’t end there. We also pray for others. And we pray particularly for those in leadership positions.
This is drastically different from worshiping those in leadership positions. It’s one thing to respect and admire a leader and yet another to blindly trust in that leader. Great leaders often find themselves the object of hero worship, and it is their responsibility to set their followers straight, just as it is the responsibility of the followers to understand the human limitations of any leader.
In Psalm 20, the people sing the praises of and offer prayers for their earthly king as he prepares for what appears to be a difficult battle. But they don’t confuse their earthly king with the heavenly King. They lift up the one to the other.
Regardless of whether we like the leaders around us, we are obligated to lift them up before God. We ask that they know Him. We ask that they seek Him. We ask that His will be done through them. In what better hands could we place the hearts of the people we’re directed to follow?

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