Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 19 (2 Chronicles 29:3)

In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.  (ESV)

When Hezekiah took the throne in Judah, his first order of business was to tend to the work of God.  I am willing to bet that there were plenty of people who had other suggestions for the new king.  Most of us want our leaders to do something for us.  We want them to make our lives better, and our ancient ancestors were no different.

How often do we pray for our mayor, our governor, or the President?  Do our representatives and senators, our school superintendents and town councils ever make their way into our daily prayers?  There are many voices speaking to our leaders and trying to influence them.  As a Christian, don’t you want one of those voices to be that of the Holy Spirit?

Add some local, state, and national leaders to your prayer list.  Lift them up daily.  They need our prayers and the wise counsel of God just as much as our friends and family do.

Father, thank You for the leaders in my life.  Guide them to lead from Your wisdom and to do that which is honoring in Your sight.  Protect them from temptations of greed and power and help them to serve others by serving You.  In the name of the greatest servant king, Jesus my Lord, amen.

Copyright © 2014 by Steven R. Perkins

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