Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (aligned with Year B Epiphany readings)
72 1-8 Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God, the gift of just rule to the crown prince.
May he judge your people rightly, be honorable to your meek and lowly.
Let the mountains give exuberant witness;
shape the hills with the contours of right living.
Please stand up for the poor, help the children of the needy, come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon— age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass, earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea, from the River to the Rim.…
Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need,
the destitute who have run out of luck.
He opens a place in his heart for the down-and-out,
he restores the wretched of the earth.
He frees them from tyranny and torture—
when they bleed, he bleeds; when they die, he dies.
This psalm offers us a challenge: pray for our leaders. The writer of this psalm cries out to God – “Let your leader be the embodiment of your justice in the world: Let him rescue the poor and the outcast!”
Take some time this week to light a candle and to spend some time listening to God’s small voice as it moves your heart to pray for our leaders – pray for your faith leaders, for our local, state and federal political leaders, for our world leaders. Ask God to be present with them as they look at the world and respond.
God of those who lead, and those who suffer
God of the most powerful and the least powerful
Be present with those with power
Help them to see your heart for justice
Give them courage to act in ways that see your righteousness burst into blossom.
I want to invite you to add your prayers in the comments, so that we can join in, together. What does praying for our leaders look like in your faith community? How might you be able to encourage an intergenerational opportunity to pray for our leaders? Share your ideas of ways to pray with children and families.