A Prayer for the King

Daily Reflection / Produced by The High Calling
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Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son.

Psalms 72:1

Psalm 72 is identified as “psalm of Solomon” (72:1). This means either that it was composed by Solomon or in his honor. This psalm is a prayer for the king of Israel, a request for the Lord to guide and bless him.

Reading Psalm 72 as Christians in the twenty-first century, we rightly see foreshadowing of the kingship of Jesus. The vision of the king who saved the poor and needy was perfected in Jesus.

Psalm 72 can also encourage us to pray for our leaders. Though we don’t have a king in the United States, we do have a President and a Congress. We do hear from people who are vying for our votes each election cycle. These leaders and these candidates need our prayers every bit as much as the king of Israel.

In particular, this psalm guides us to pray that our leaders might be given God’s love of justice. In fact, the Hebrew of Psalm 72:1 asks that the king be given, not just God’s love of justice, but God’s justice. We should ask the Lord to give our leaders divine wisdom to discern what justice means in our day. With so many varied and conflicting visions of justice, our leaders need God’s perspective and guidance.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How often do you pray for your national leaders? Do you find it more natural to complain about your leaders than to pray for them? If so, why? What might help you to remember to pray for your leaders?

PRAYER: Today, Lord, I am reminded to pray for our leaders in Washington.

I ask you to bless and guide our President and the members of his administration. May they have wisdom to discern what your justice requires. May they have courage to seek what is right no matter how popular or unpopular it may be.

Similarly, I ask you to bless the leaders in Congress, both Senators and Representatives and their staff. Give them a passion for your truth and justice. Help them to put aside petty partisanship in an effort to do what’s right.

Through the leadership of our nation, Lord, may your justice and righteousness prevail in this country and throughout the world. Amen.