“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
Psalms 20:1-7 NKJV
There are times when praying for the success of our leaders seem misplaced, especially when you do not agree with his/her agenda or policies. Psalm 20 finds the congregation actively praying for the success of their king. They petition Almighty God to answer his prayers, protect him from enemies, send him help, and support him. To call all of this “salvation” (v. 5) is to recognize that it comes from God as a gift and that it must further the ends for which God called his people to begin with. In other words, it is not a blank check for greed and land-grabbing. Rather, it is for God to accomplish the end for which He appointed their leader.
As you petition God for the success of those in positions of leadership remember that while many trust in the might of men, we will remember the name of the LORD our God. The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He will (Proverbs 21:1).
Praying for the success of our leaders displays godly faith and maturity uncommon in an era where challenging authorities is the norm. But then we are not called to be normal or common. We are called to be a holy and peculiar nation. What does your prayer life reveal about you?