Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2 Chronicles 14:5-6
Asa removed the pagan shrines, as well as the incense altars from every one of Judah's towns. So Asa's kingdom enjoyed a period of peace. During those peaceful years, he was able to build up the fortified towns throughout Judah. No one tried to make war against him at this time, for the Lord was giving him rest from his enemies. NLT

Unrivaled Incomparable King,
Thank You for recording the long and rich history of Your kingdom on earth. You alone are the incorruptible, incomprehensible, indispensable Supreme Ruler of the universe. There is none like You. Only You can command leaders to do Your bidding. Everything You plan comes to pass because You do whatever You wish, whenever You wish, with whomever You wish. Unchangeable and unstoppable You alone are brilliantly magnificent.

Like Asa who expelled the pagan shrines from the land of Judah, give our leaders the guts to topple the highly prized gods that are obliterating our country. Expunge the shameless political action committees that arrogantly spend obnoxious sums to advocate for or against political candidates. Extinguish self-absorbed entitlement acts that pervert and profane the sanctity of life and marriage. Eradicate the dim-witted monetary policies of elite bankers that are pulverizing our once powerful economy into oblivion. Grant our leaders courage to remove from their high positions colleagues and friends who misrepresent righteousness just as Asa deposed of his own grandmother because she made a repulsive Asherah pole.

Invade the hearts of our leaders. Disrupt their personal agendas. Disturb their peace. Spur them to grapple with greater spiritual truths. Restore institutional integrity to our land. Prompt our leaders to revert to the articles of our constitution founded on godly principles. Stir them, as only You can, to return to Your precious Word that's worth more than silver and gold. Urge them to seek You and follow Your commands so that they will think and act like authentic life-giving leaders. With the pagan shrines shattered, and You alone in Your proper place, we will be able to rest, rebuild our economy, restore our national security, and regain international respect.
Lord, will You in Your mercy and grace, please hear the cry of my heart, and act to reinstate Your glory to the land I love? Amen.

Because he got rid of all the pagan shrines and altars in the cities of Judah, God kept the peace in Asa's kingdom. He will do the same for us if we remove the idols from our government. Pray that our leaders will turn toward God so that our prosperity will be rebuilt, our national security will be restored, and we will be respected and at peace with the rest of the world.

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