A Father’s Prayer

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What if your child were one day elected to be your city’s mayor? Or your state’s governor? Or your country’s president?

What would you wish for them? What prayers would you circle around them?

Before he died, King David appointed his son Solomon to be king of Israel after him. He knew first-hand what struggles his son would face. He understood the temptations that would come before young Solomon. He had already experienced how hard the job was! I have never been a king, president, governor, or mayor. I wouldn’t necessarily know how to best pray for my son or daughter in their leadership position. I would certainly appreciate David’s guidance in how to pray.

Meanwhile, my children are still growing up, but someone else’s sons and daughters fill the offices of president, vice-president, governors, and mayors. I’m sure I couldn’t go wrong praying a royal father’s prayer over these sons and daughters. It doesn’t matter that they are not my flesh and blood. It matters that leaders need prayer… and that we are commanded to pray for them.

Psalm 72 is David’s prayer for his son Solomon.

Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son.
Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.
May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful.
Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors.
May they fear you as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever!
May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth.
May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.
May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts.
All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.
He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.
He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.
Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long.
May there be abundant grain throughout the land, flourishing even on the hilltops. May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon, and may the people thrive like grass in a field.
May the king’s name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise.
Praise the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.
Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!
(This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.) –Psalm 72 NLT
 
While the details will differ between today’s leaders and Solomon, David’s prayer provides a priceless outline for today’s prayers.
  • Pray for our leaders to love justice and righteousness.
  • Pray for wisdom and the fear of God.
  • Pray for good relations with other leaders.
  • Pray for compassion for the poor, the oppressed, and the orphans.
  • Pray for his/her prosperity, health, and long life.
  • Pray for the prosperity of our cities, states, and country.
  • Praise God for His blessing on leaders who love Him.

Will you join the thousands who are renewing their prayers for our nation’s leaders?

 

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  1. This is great Carol! I didn’t even realize this prayer from David was there. What a wonderful template for us to use to pray for our leaders! Thank you!

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