Leaders Marked by Humility (1 Kings 3:514)
Kings chapter three. Versus five through fourteen. Listen. To these verses that describe a pivotal moment. At the beginning of Solomon's leadership as king. Add. Given the Lord appeared to Solomon in Dream by night and God said, ask what I shall give you. And Solomon said you've shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father because he walked before you in faithfulness and righteousness in an uprightness of heart toward you. And you've kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. and. Now Oh Lord my God you've made your servant King in place of David my father although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in and your is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen a great people too many to be numbered accounted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to governor people. That I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to govern this? You're a great people. Please the Lord that Solomon had asked this. In. God. said to him because you've asked this. and. Have not asked for yourself long-life riches or the life of your enemies. But of asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right Behold I now do according to. Your. Word. Behold I give you a is an discerning mind so that none like you has been before you unlike you shall arise after you. I give you also have not asked both riches and honour so that no other kingshill compare with you all your days. And if you walk in my ways keeping my statutes in my commandments. Father David walked then I will link then your days. What a picture? Of Humility in a king and a leader of a people. Saying to God, I'm only a child. I don't know how to go out or come in. I'm in the middle of this great people that you've called me to. To realize as king that he could not lead govern this people. Based on his own wisdom, his own abilities he needed help from God and so we asked for one thing an understanding mind. To discern between good and evil as governance. and. Here we see. One of the greatest needs for any political leader. If not in a sense de greatest need. Wisdom. Wisdom that flows from humility before God. Wisdom that flows from. All of God fear of God. Wisdom that knows the most important thing in governing is discerning between good and evil is what we see in the purpose of govern Romans Chapter Thirteen got his instituted government for the promotion of good among the people who are governed for protection against evil. Among, people who are governed and so for wisdom. To govern in a way that promotes good and protects against evil. This is what we must pray for in our leaders in our leaders now. And our leaders in the future. So God we pray. For current political leaders at all levels. In the United States from the White House to. Governors across states to. People, two men and women. Senate and House of Representatives and different chambers of government in states and local levels in. Courts God we pray for wisdom in all of these leaders we pray for discernment God we pray for. Many many of them. To a humbly come before you and ask for wisdom God we pray for humility and our leaders. We pray for the fear of you in our leaders, God replay for that bring more and more and more of our leaders to fear you. We prayed on bleak come before you to seek you for help when it comes to discerning. What is right? And good, and to not lead according to their own ideas definitions about what is right and good God. Prayer that we pray that you would work in their hearts to bring him to humbly fear you seek wisdom from you find in. You. In God, we pray even for. God less leaders. Who are rebelling against you? Pray replay replay, change their hearts Scotteri pray that you would bring them to humility before you see their need for you. And God, we pray that until that day you would grant common grace that even though they are not seeking you God, you would give them wisdom to discern between what is good and what is evil. God We pray for your common grace in leaders who are not following you right now that our governments might be lead in good ways according to your sovereign hand. And God is we pray for? Wisdom in our leaders we pray for wisdom in our lives. Got Every pray that is we vote. Is. We use our voice particularly citizens in the United States and selection Gary Radio would give us wisdom. Gives for his done to discern between good and evil, and in the part you've given us to govern with the voice and vote. You've given US help us to know how to use it. Best for your glory and this fallen world we need your wisdom we humble ourselves before you we seek you in rephrase you with praise you for your promise in every area of our lives that when we ask for wisdom, you give it to us. So he asked for wisdom today in all that we do. Even as we pray and plead for that kind of wisdom in our political leaders in Jesus name we pray.