Praying for Godly Leaders

Praying for Godly Leaders

Job 12:13-23 — But only with God are perfect wisdom and might. He alone has true counsel and understanding. Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be built again; He shuts a man or woman in, and none can open. He  withholds the waters, and the land dries up; again, He sends forth rains, and they overwhelm the land or transform it. With Him are might and wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are His and in His power. He leads great and scheming counselors away stripped and barefoot and makes the judges fools in human estimation, by overthrowing their plans. He looses the fetters ordered by kings and has the waistcloth of a slave bound about their own loins. He leads away priests as spoil, and men firmly seated He overturns. He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment and discretion of the aged. He pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong disabling them, bringing low the pride of the learned.

Job 42:2 — I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.

Psalm 37:1-9 — We fret not because of evildoers, neither are we envious against those who work unrighteousness that which is not upright or in right standing with God. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. We trust, lean on, rely on, and are confident in the Lord. We shall dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly we shall be fed. And He will make our uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and our justice and right as the shining sun of the noonday.

Psalm 75:6-10 — For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another. For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup of His wrath, and the wine foams and is red, well mixed; and He pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth must drain it and drink its dregs. But I will declare and rejoice forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the ungodly also will I cut off says the Lord, but the horns of the uncompromisingly righteous shall be exalted.

Psalm 80:14-18 — Turn again, we beseech You, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven and see, visit and have regard for this vine! Protect and maintain the stock which Your right hand planted, and the branch, the person that You have reared and made strong for Yourself. They have burned it with fire, it is cut down; may they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance. Let Your hand be upon the man or woman of Your right hand, upon the son or daughter of man whom You have made strong for Yourself. Then will we not depart from You; revive us, give us life and we will call upon Your name.

Psalm 125 — We trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord and we are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about us from this time forth and forever. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the uncompromisingly righteous, lest the righteous, God’s people stretch forth their hands to iniquity and apostasy. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are right with You and all people in their hearts. As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways of indifference to God, You will lead them forth with the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel!

Proverbs 14:34, 35 — Uprightness and right standing with God, moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. The king’s favor is toward a wise and discreet servant, but his wrath is against him who does shamefully.

Proverbs 21: 1 — The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.

Proverbs 28:2 — When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but when the ruler is a man or woman of discernment, understanding, and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

Proverbs 29:2, 8, 12, 16 — When the uncompromisingly righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh. Scoffers set a city afire inflaming the minds of the people, but wise men turn away wrath. If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will become wicked. When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the uncompromisingly righteous shall see the fall of the wicked.

Job 34:17-30 — Is it possible that an enemy of right should govern? And will you condemn Him Who is just and mighty? [God] Who says to a king, You are worthless and vile, or to princes and nobles, You are ungodly and evil? [God] is not partial to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor, for they all are the work of His hands. In a moment they die; even at midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no [human] hand. For [God’s] eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor thick gloom where the evildoers may hide themselves. [God] sets before man no appointed time, that he should appear before [Him] in judgment. He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry [before a jury] and in ways past finding out and sets others in their stead. Therefore He takes knowledge of their works, and He overturns them in the night, so that they are crushed and destroyed. God strikes them down as wicked men in the open sight of beholders, Because they turned aside from Him and would not consider or show regard for any of His ways, so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He heard the cry of the afflicted. When He gives quietness (peace and security from oppression), who then can condemn? When He hides His face [withdrawing His favor and help], who then can behold Him [and make Him gracious], whether it be a nation or a man by himself? — That the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.

Job 34:21-29 — For [God's] eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor thick gloom where the evildoers may hide themselves. [God] sets before man no appointed time, that he should appear before [Him] in judgment. He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry [before a jury] and in ways past finding out and sets others in their stead. Therefore He takes knowledge of their works, and He overturns them in the night, so that they are crushed and destroyed. God strikes them down as wicked men in the open sight of beholders, because they turned aside from Him and would not consider or show regard for any of His ways, so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He heard the cry of the afflicted. When He gives quietness (peace and security from oppression), who then can condemn? When He hides His face [withdrawing His favor and help], who then can behold Him [and make Him gracious], whether it be a nation or a man by himself?

Psalm 65:4-11 — Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You choose and cause to come near, that he may dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. By fearful and glorious things [that terrify the wicked but make the godly sing praises] do You answer us in righteousness (rightness and justice), O God of our salvation, You Who are the confidence and hope of all the ends of the earth and of those far off on the seas; Who by [Your] might have founded the mountains, being girded with power, Who still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell in earth’s farthest parts are afraid of [nature's] signs of Your presence. You make the places where morning and evening have birth to shout for joy. You visit the earth and saturate it with water; You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide them with grain when You have so prepared the earth. You water the field’s furrows abundantly, You settle the ridges of it; You make the soil soft with showers, blessing the sprouting of its vegetation. You crown our years with Your bounty and goodness, and the tracks of Your [chariot wheels] drip with fatness.

Psalm 66:12 — You caused men to ride over our heads [when we were prostrate]; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a broad, moist place [to abundance and refreshment and the open air].

A Prayer for Today + Corresponding Scriptures

A Prayer for Today + Corresponding Scriptures

Father God, we know that You have called us for a plan and for a purpose; let us be worthy of that calling. You’ve qualified us, Father, but let us walk worthy of it. Let us regulate our lives to be like You. Let us become so grounded and established in the Lord Jesus, with all of our being rooted in You. Let us truly be those trees of righteousness whose roots go down deep into the ground of Your Word. Let the seeds of Your Word come up on the inside of us, and let us be strong in the knowledge of You and in fellowship with You. Let us be strong in that plan that You are to work so marvelously in our lives. We give You all the praise and all the glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.Continue reading

The Backward Glance

The Backward Glance

If a farmer is plowing his field and looks to the right or to the left or anywhere but straight ahead of him even while his feet are still following the plow, his furrow will go crooked. In the same way, when we look backwards at our past, our furrow goes crooked.

The Devil knows the peril that lies in that backward glance, so he’s constantly tries to persuade us to look back, engage our thoughts in ourselves, our sins, our worthlessness, and our failures. Looking at those things—the backward glance—causes our furrow to go crooked at once, and it greatly hinders our straight path of walking with the Lord.

I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…. –Phil. 3:13

GPAN Prayer Summary for October 6

GPAN Prayer Summary for October 6

Are you a part of our online prayer team? The Global Prayer Alert Network (GPAN) will provide you with daily prayer summaries of what we pray during one of our corporate prayer groups, Monday-Friday, at Living Word. Below is the summary of what was prayed about yesterday. If you are interested in finding out more about GPAN or to sign up, visit gpan.lynnehammond.org

 

Scripture Focus…

Jehoshaphat his son reigned in Asa’s stead and strengthened himself against Israel. (2) And he placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had taken. (3) The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in the first ways of his father [David]. He did not seek the Baals (4) But sought and yearned with all his desire for the Lord, the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not after the ways of Israel. (5) Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor.
(2 Chronicles 17:1-5 Amp.)
 
(31) Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? (33) But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. (34) So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
(Matthew 6:31, 33-34 Amp.)

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