But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him ...He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.
My Only Wise King,
True wisdom and power are found only in You. Counsel and understanding are Yours. Yes, counsel and sound judgment belong to You. Insight and strength come from You. Deceivers and deceived are both controlled by You. You lead counselors away, stripped of good judgment and turn wise judges into fools. You remove the royal robe of kings, leading them away with ropes around their waist. You lead priests away stripped of status; and overthrow those with many years in power. Trusted advisers are silenced by You, and the insight of elders removed. You pour disgrace upon princes and disarm the strong. You build up nations and destroy them; expand nations and abandon them. You strip kings of understanding and leave them wandering in the pathless wasteland. Groping in the darkness without light, You make them stagger like drunkards. (Job 12)
Since blind ambition can be spiritually mortal, I ask You, in the name of Jesus, to send wise counselors to the leaders of the land I love. By the power of Your Spirit, instruct them and teach them in the way they should go. Keep Your loving eye on them and advise them so that they won't lead like Rehoboam who preferred the unsound recommendations of his rebellious friends over the sage suggestions of his elders. Because he arrogantly abandoned Your law after he became strong, choosing instead to be self-sufficient, You forced his country to eat the fruit of his folly, and it was anything but fun for seventeen long years.
Holy Spirit, rouse in the hearts of our leaders a desire for righteous knowledge that is sound and fair even if it means they have to humble themselves, step across the aisle, and receive it from the opposition so that our great nation will stand united and strong for many years to come bringing glory, honor and praise to One who gives her holy wisdom and divine power. Amen.
From whom do you seek counsel? Do you seek it from those who truly know God's Word and live by it? As Christians, advice from those who are spiritually sound is nothing less than a gift from God.
Pray that the leaders of our nation would seek divine counsel so that we can avoid the treacherous path chosen by Rehoboam.