Prayer for the Nations

17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.

1 Chronicles 29:17-18

When I read this portion of King David’s prayer all by itself, it makes me sad. The rest of the chapter tells of the people of Israel willingly bringing great offerings to help Solomon build Jerusalem’s first temple. David includes a short hymn of praise. In the midst of such joy, it’s easy to miss the sad truth of these two verses.

David prayed that the desire to live with integrity, give willingly, and have honest intentions always be in the hearts of the people of Israel. David, the king who had a heart after God, wanted his people to forever have hearts loyal to the Creator. It’s not that Israel’s greatest king never made a mistake; however, when brought to his attention, he quickly claimed his wrong and repented. David is one of the few who never tried to blame someone else for his mistakes.

So, I feel sad when I know that two generations later, the nation of Israel began to fall apart. It would be handy to blame the king. After all, scripture tells us, “Rehoboam did evil because he had not set his heart on serving the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 12:14

But would Rehoboam have turned out differently if the nation of Israel prayed for him daily? If the majority of the people living in Judah had set their hearts on serving the Lord, would God have blessed them with a leader of integrity?

This makes me wonder about the United States today. Are we in the mess we’re in because we don’t pray for our leaders daily? Do we have the leadership we deserve because so few have their hearts set on serving the Lord? And even those who do, how much time do we spend helping others find a relationship with Jesus?

It’s not an easy reality to face, and the thought of changing our situation feels overwhelming. But I want to set my heart on the Almighty and live a life of honest intent. I will do my part to change the world by praying for the leaders, the good and the bad. I will pray that their hearts will turn to God and they’ll begin living lives of integrity.


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