Why does God command us to pray for our leaders? Because as the head goes, so goes
the body. When we pray for our leaders, we are really praying for ourselves.
When our President or the ruler of any nation goes against the will and word of God, the whole nation suffers.
Such was the case in 2 Samuel 24. David by now was a great king, warrior and favored of God. God had given Israel peace on every hand and they had become a prosperous and strong nation.
But David as King, got full of himself and ordered a census of the people in order to show off the might and power of Israel. Bad mistake, why? Because although David was the leader of the people, the people (Israel) belonged to God and not to David.
As a leader, you can’t count and brag on what’s not yours – especially if what you’re bragging on belongs to God (and everything belongs to God).
In that day, only God could order a census to be taken of the people and only for a specific reason.
David did it to show off. As leaders, when we show off, God is obligated to show us Who is in charge. As a result of David’s pride-fueled disobedience, the whole nation suffered and 70,000 citizens perished as a result.
So why the command to pray for our leaders even though praying for them is the last thing we’d want to do?
Not so much for them, but for the ultimate well-being of us all. Pray the Lord gives them wisdom because a foolish leader will put us all in harm's way.
Published on Sunday, March 22, 2020 @ 4:59 PM CDT