Praying Not Complaining

Day by Day Devotions

Another devotional I read earlier today is a good one. In it, the author shares about how King Cyrus allowed the Jews to return back to Jerusalem, to rebuild their Temple. He notes that if God could change The King of Persia, then he could surely change the leaders’ minds of our land, whether city, state, or national.

Since we’re coming up to a Presidential election next year, it behooves us to pray for our leaders, rather than complaining. We need God’s guidance in choosing the right person for the job.

So far, all I’ve heard is bluster, no substance, and scare tactics. Isn’t there a candidate out there who truly loves God, and wants the best for our nation, to bring it back to Him, as we were when we started? A leader should care about the issues God cares about- namely ALL of them?

Lord, forgive us of our griping and complaining, when it comes to our leaders. We need to remember that You have ordained them. As you have said in

Prov. 21:1, ” The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,  Like the rivers of water;  He turns it wherever He wishes.”

You are in charge of our nation, and our world. Recently, we’ve felt like You took a coffee break, and never returned. I know that’s not true. I know You’re in charge, sovereign, and forgiving. All we need to do is to confess our sins, as Daniel did, and those of our nation and You will heal and bless our land.

2 Chronicles 7:14.  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

One day a year to pray for our nation isn’t enough. We’re lucky we do it at all. Forgive our cynicism and spiritual lethargy. In Your Precious Name we pray. Amen!

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Olivia Ostergaard