We are living in interesting times politically. If our prophets are to be believed, it is part of a shaking by God to remove corruption so that the structures of the culture of death can be undone and the structures of a culture of life rebuilt.
In our nation a citizenship scandal has been unfolding, and several electorates are facing by-elections because their former representative was technically a dual citizen of another country at the time of his/her election. Given just how much post WW2 migration there was to this country, and how many children of those brave immigrants are now of an age to be politically engaged, it isn't really surprising. What is surprising is that no one really took this part of the Constitution seriously until now.
Out of this process three options are possible. The emergence of worse leadership, the emergence of 'more of the same' leadership, and the emergence of new leaders with good morals whom we'd be happy to vote for. What is the only way of ensuring that we get the third option – lots of prayer!
I'm desperately unhappy about the current leadership of our major political parties. I'd love to be able to vote for a political leader who had both the vision and the capability to put the needs of the weakest and most vulnerable first.
Knowing that God's providence goes before us, we have to believe that there are good leaders waiting in the wings, ones who have a particular calling from God on their lives for this very purpose. They probably don't look like much at the moment (think David, Gideon, Joshua and Elisha) but God knows that they are capable of great good. They don't even have to be believers (think Cyrus).
These are the ones we should be praying for now, the ones that have been in God's preparation rooms for a while - and if there is sufficient prayer – who will soon be in leadership. Of this we can be sure, that the enemies of God have them in their sights and are trying to keep them hidden and considered of no account.
These chosen leaders need our prayers now. They will need our prayers later too, but now is a particularly important time to pray, especially as the political landscape gets more fluid and turbulent. In fact, every time you pray for our leaders (which you are already doing as per St Paul's exhortation in 1 Tim 2:1-3) you should pray for their successors as well.
Enough talking, let's pray….
Heavenly Father each day we pray as Jesus Your Son taught us, and pray that Your kingdom may come. He asked us to pray it, so You must very much want to answer it. Forgive us for not being as passionate about Your kingdom as You are.
To usher in Your kingdom we need leaders after Your own Heart. We need the new David's, Moses's, Joseph's and Solomon's, but without the moral weaknesses that undid so much of their good work.
Only You, Lord God, can raise them up to accomplish Your whole purpose. Only You, Lord God, can bring to nothing all the delays and obscurifications of the enemy. Only You, Lord God can give them the Wisdom that sits by Your side. Only You, Lord God, can call together the support teams that they need to govern effectively, who will get them the truth, and tell them the truth and work for the best solutions for the maximum common good of our peoples.
Please send Your Holy Spirit upon them to give them the gifts and charisms that they need to lead Your people, and the ability to inspire others to goodness, and the ability to call forth and encourage the gifts and charisms of others into productive teams.
If some of them need a Damascus Road experience like St Paul, then please work in their lives to bring about a powerful conversion to You and Your ways.
Many of them have been blinded by the falsehoods promoted by the culture of death. In Your great goodness dear Heavenly Father please remove all instances of this blindness from them and grant them the clarity and beauty of Your truth.
Please grant to them the grace to be able to stand up for Your truth, no matter how heavy the pressure to give in to any unholy political party policies.
Please help them to root out of their lives any immorality and any inappropriate relationships. Bless their spouses and their children, and bless and protect the relationships of love that bind them together.
In Your goodness please call forth teams of intercessors who will pray for these chosen leaders whom You are raising up in our days, and who will pray for them unremittingly.
Please grant to these chosen leaders the precious gift of prayer, that they may seek You and Your will for them and those entrusted to them daily and diligently. Grant to them an earnestness to seek Your solutions and strategies for the good of the nation, and to always consult You as their best and closest counselor in all of their decisions.
May these chosen leaders be given the gifts necessary to foster unity, mutual respect and co-operation between nations.