Pray for our Leaders to be like Solomon

King Solomon is known as one of the wisest people of the Bible. And it’s interesting how he got all the wisdom. In a dream, God spoke to Solomon (1 Kings 3: 5-14 NIV):

“…God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Now, put yourself in Solomon’s shoes. If you had one wish, what would you wish for? Power? A long life? Wealth? Solomon’s response is not what you would have expected…

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

“A discerning heart?” What is discernment? It’s the ability to judge well. To know the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong. “To govern your people.” He put the people first. Wow. Totally unselfish.

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Solomon’s Wealth and Wisdom, as in 1 Kings 3:12-13, illustration from a Bible card published 1896 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

So God gave him wisdom AND what he didn’t ask for – wealth, honor and a long life! But he also said that “…there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be… And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands…” 

So, can we expect our leaders to be like Solomon? No, but we can pray that they strive to be. We can pray that they govern with “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”

And Solomon was kind enough to share all the wisdom that God gave him in the Book of Proverbs. It’s a gift from God through Solomon. Making foolish decisions is easy for people when they don’t consult God or the Bible. That’s another thing we can pray for.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar

 

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10 Ways to Pray for People in Authority

Washington DC

Washington DC (Photo credit: eGuide Travel)

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.~1 Timothy 2:1-2

No matter which political party you favor, if you voted for the current president, senators, congresspeople, representatives, federal, state or local, you can still pray for them. God calls us to.

  1. That they be God Fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act. (Proverbs 9:10)
  2. That they be granted wisdom, knowledge and understanding. (James 1:5)
  3. That, if unsaved, they be drawn to a saving encounter with Christ; if born again, they be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. (1 Timothy 2:4, Ephesians 1: 17-23)
  4. That they recognize their own inadequacy and pray and seek the will of God. (Proverbs 3:5-8, Luke 11: 9-13)
  5. That they read the Bible and attend prayer meetings and Bible studies. (Psalm 11: 1-7, Colossians 3:2)
  6. That they be given godly counsel and God-fearing advisors. (Proverbs 24:6)
  7. That they be honest in financial, tax and ethical matters. (1 Corinthians 6:10, 1 Timothy 6:6-10)
  8. That they desire honesty, integrity and loyalty. (Psalm 26: 1-12, Proverbs 11:3)
  9. That they have courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man. (Proverbs 29:25, 2 Timothy 1:7)
  10. That they endeavor to restore the sanctity of life, families, divine order and morality in our nation. (Ephesians 5:22-6:4)

Note: I can’t take credit for writing this or the research putting scriptures for each number. This came from a handout with no copyright or author that I found in my church’s prayer room called “Prayers for Our Country and Our Leaders.”

Related reading: Wanting God’s Best for Our Land

Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar

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Be nice to people out there

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”
~Ronald Reagan

You have every right to be angry.

From CNBC as quoted in the
Cambridge Wealth Management Blog

The stock market tanked and you’re watching your hard-earned dollars evaporate from your 401(k) and there’s not much you can do about it. Congress doesn’t seem to care. There’s rumors of a “double-dip” recession. (In my opinion, we never got out of the last one.) The few jobs that are being created aren’t paying nearly as much as the ones that were lost. Food prices are going up as well as utilities and other expenses.

My neighbor had to hold off paying the cable bill so she could get the back to school supplies for her daughter and is working crazy overtime hours so she can pay that bill before they cut off the cable.

Yes, times are tough. People are suffering in ways that we can’t even imagine. Many are in physical pain because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Many are just wondering how they’re going to pay the rent, feed themselves and put gas in the car. Top that with over 100 degree weather in Phoenix and it’ll make anyone testy.

But that doesn’t mean you have to take it out on the world. The driver in front of you is angry at something too, but that doesn’t mean you need to tailgate them. If they stop suddenly, you get the citation for driving too close – and you don’t need a traffic ticket.

Be nice. Pass on Kindness. Be helpful. Ok, you say, but you can’t help everyone! True, but help who you can. WWJD!

Let the car waiting to get out of a parking area go in front of you. Let the person with only 2 items go first in the checkout line. Buy the beggar on the street a $1.00 hamburger or give them the granola bar that’s been baking in your glove compartment.

There but for the grace of God go you.

“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa.

It’s simply compassion and kindness. The Holy Spirit offers kindness as a free gift when you become a Christian. (Galatians 5:16-25) God expects us to “help the least of these.” (Matthew 25:31-46).

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16

It’s as hard to start new habits as it is to break bad ones, but every morning when you wake up give thanks to the Lord that you are still alive and you will start the day on a positive note and that note will help you through the not-so-positive stuff that will no doubt bombard you.

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Put this bible verse on a piece of paper and tape it to your bathroom mirror and say it out loud as you comb your hair and it will help you be nice.

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24

Many Blessings!
Giselle Aguiar
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