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2 Chronicles 34:29-33 (Click to read NIV or select your preferred translation of the Bible. Please read the scripture first.)

King Josiah set his sights on following God with his whole heart. He called together all the people of Judah for them to hear all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had recently been discovered while restoring the temple of the Lord. Then the king renewed his covenant with the LORD to follow and obey his commands as they had been written in the Book of the Covenant with all his heart and soul. He then instructed all the people in Jerusalem and Benjamin to pledge themselves to the covenant as well. Then Josiah once more purged the Israelite territory of all idols.

Our national leaders are not permitted to make such covenants on behalf of our country in the United States. But wouldn’t it be a blessing if our spiritual leaders – those in authority over our denominations and our individual churches would lead with such devotion to God coupled with such courage.

I feel I keep repeating myself at times on this blog, but these are the things that continually stand out as I read these passages of scripture. If God can continue to give the same message, I guess it is permissible for me to give the same interpretation of what I feel he is saying. Let us covenant to pray for our leaders every day.

Father, forgive me when I let myself become too absorbed in my own daily activities to find the time to pray for the leaders you have given to us. Help us all as your children to pray faithfully for those who are responsible for the direction in which our churches and denominations are going. Bless these leaders by giving them new insights that are from you alone. Give them discernment to separate the wheat from the tares when they listen to the advice they receive from others, and may their decisions always bring glory to your name.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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