Psalm 99:1-5, Psalm 1
Reflections of the Heart:
In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. ~ John F. Kennedy
We praise Your Name, Father, forever and ever. You have all wisdom and power. You control the course of world events, removing and setting up other kings. You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. You reveal deep and mysterious things, and only You know what lies hidden in darkness, though You are surrounded by light. Father, we thank You for our political leaders. Thank You for blessing all nations to be a mighty government in the earth. Thank You for allowing us to call upon You in our times of need as a nation. Thank You, Lord, for Your bountiful blessings. We are grateful, and we bless Your Name.
Righteous Father, in obedience to Your Word, we make intercession on behalf of those who are in positions of authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. We pray for the Presidents, Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers, Emirs, Emperors and all political heads of states and governments. Lord, You aren’t slow about Your promise, as some people think. You are patient for our sake, not wanting any of our leaders to be destroyed, but You want them to repent. By faith, we call our leaders saved, sanctified, and filled with Your Holy Spirit. We declare that our political leaders will not follow the advice of the wicked or stand around with sinners or join in with mockers. They will delight in Your law and will meditate on it day and night. As they do this, Father, we confess that they will be like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves will not wither, and whatever they do will prosper for the good of the world.
Holy Spirit, reveal how I can pray for political leaders.
Holy Spirit, we ask You to fill our leaders with Your Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, and knowledge. Grant them favor, increase their faith, and prepare them to pursue Your excellence. Draw our leaders to You and cause them to know and fulfill Your purposes. Please place people in their paths who will provide scriptural, sound and godly counsel to help them; for without Your counsel, their plans will go awry. Impart Your revelation to them about leadership and help them to lead. Deal with our leaders about keeping their hearts and motives pure. We ask You to make their hearts pliable, willing and obedient to Your will. Cause each of their lives to glorify Your Name. Father, we ask You to raise up modern-day Davids, Solomons, Josephs, Nehemiahs, Deborahs, Ruths and Esthers who will joyfully and purposefully work in the political sector to help rebuild and restore all nations.
Forgiving Father, please forgive political leaders for all acts of sinfulness, including jealousy, contempt, pride, bitterness, criticism, lying, gossiping, hatred, grudges, revenge, racism and misappropriation of governmental funds. Forgive them when they engage in deceitful acts and oppressive practices such as evading questions, exaggerating the truth, and not striving to provide the basic needs, food, housing and employment to all the people they serve. Forgive those politicians for expecting to be forgiven by You when they choose not to forgive others for past offenses. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind all political leaders of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help political leaders not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is and is to come. You alone are God. You are subject to none, yet all are subject to You. Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today, I will trust God to: