July 12, 2019 • Life for Leaders
Listen to my words, LORD,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice.” Thank you! I do so need to talk with you at the beginning of this day, Lord. Thank you, thank you for listening, for being present to me.
There are hard things ahead at work today, things I wish weren’t happening, problems I’d like to avoid, people I’d rather not confront. But faithfulness in my work means I must deal with what lies before me, whether I like it or not.
“Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.” Yes, I need your help today, big time. I need your wisdom, your patience, your protection.
And I need to bow before you as my King, to submit myself to you. May I seek first your kingdom and your righteousness today. May I be open to what you want to teach me, to the ways you will help me grow.
As I walk through this day, Lord, may I know that you are walking with me, that you will never leave me or forsake me. In you I put my trust. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day:
As you pray today, the Lord hears your voice.
For Further Reflection:
“But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.