Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Prayers for Leaders

O Lord God of Heaven's Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob. O God, look with favor upon the king, our sheild! Show favor to the one you have anointed. Psalm 84: 8-9 NLT

This week is the week of our National Day of Prayer. Although it has been a controversial day – and has become way too political – there is something about being reminded to pray for our nation that is incredibly powerful.

The psalmist not only prays for individual needs but for the nation, in particular the king of the nation.

We tend to immediately think of King David when we think of God's anointed but there were other kings who were anointed and led the people of Israel and Judah. Some of them were actually good leaders and good people. Even if they weren't, would it be bad to pray for them?

We need to remember to always pray for our leaders. Whether good or bad, whether they line up with our own ideologies or not, we need to always pray for them.

Spend some time this week in lifting up our national, state and local leaders by name in your prayers.

God, look with favor upon our leaders. Bless them with your best. Give them your guidance and your strength. May they hear you and carry our your will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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