A Prayer for Leadership

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and that Your families are happy and healthy.

Today I ask of You to pray with me for leadership for our country. Arguably these have been fallow days at a time when we have needed a strong leader rather than a manager for our country. Is that about to change? Is the apparent vacuum to be filled? Who is the human leader we need?

Wisdom is one of our greatest needs. As finite, fallen creatures, navigating the twists and turns of a complex, chaotic world, we often find ourselves at a loss for what to do next. And that’s only when we stop to consider the tough decisions.

Perhaps even more significant is the wisdom we exercise intuitively in all the little decisions in life we don’t pause to ponder. The overwhelming majority of our actions are not premeditated, but decided instinctively, without reflection. What comes out in these moments is either a trajectory of life with self at the centre, or walking in various measures in step with the Spirit.

The stakes are even higher for leaders, who are making decisions for others. With Brexit decisions and other serious decisions ahead, let us dwell on the present and pray for the future. That the future brings us the leader we need.

I meantime wish You an excellent week ahead and a peaceful Sunday today. God Bless You all.

Lord God, we desperately need your wisdom. You have given us a great country, founded on principles and truths from Your Word. We need men and women who will honour You, trust You, and lead us once again back to You. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and who care more about others than themselves.

Give us leaders with discerning hearts, bold faith, and wise minds that model Your character. Teach them—and us—not just what is good, but what is best. Guide them in the way our country should go. Give them purity in their intentions, and godliness in their convictions. Energise their spirits and bodies physically and spiritually, and keep them emotionally secure in the knowledge of who You are—and whose they are. Help them to be bighearted and sincere, energetic in goodness, and courteous in their manners.

Amen