“A wise man listens to advice.”
(Proverbs 12:15b; ESV)
“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.”
(Proverbs 19:20; NLT)
A good leader looks for good advice from good people. Scripture is clear how important this is. Proverbs 20:18a says, “Make plans by seeking advice.” The young King Rehoboam got into trouble because he “rejected the advice of the elders” (I Kings 12:8).
Many people actively seek to advise leaders because they understand that in doing so, they can shape important policies and decisions. It is so critical that we pray for good and godly advisors for leaders in all areas of government. The right advisor can make a huge difference in turning a nation in godly directions.
The mayor of a major city recently said that they know how to deal with many issues in their city, but they don’t know how to deal with evil. Evil doesn’t come from one political party or the other, so neither one will have answers for it.
As Christians, we have the ability to open the heavens over our cities and other governmental realms of authority. We can establish environments in them where heaven can be involved. We have authority through the shed blood of Jesus Christ as we intercede and put a halt to the evil. Therefore, not only should we be asking God for righteous leadership through the midterm elections, but we also need to ask God to raise up spiritual advisors and partners to come alongside political leaders who recognize there are things they do not have the ability to deal with.
We need to ask God to allow us to create an open heaven over these areas through our worship and intercession in order to shut down the evil, so the political leaders will know what to do. We are not to decide if that leader’s politics will affect the change we feel is necessary. We are very simply called to pray for them.
Points for Prayer:
- Call forth the godly advisors who would be willing to serve the nation by advising leaders at even the highest levels of government.
- Pray that our governmental leaders would accept advice and be discerning in where they look for advisors.
- Declare, “A wise man listens to advice. A wise man accepts instruction and makes plans by seeking advice. God has raised up those who are able to be godly advisors to those in political office from the local governmental offices to the statehouse and the White House. They will find one another!”
- Intercede for the advisors to seek the good of the nation and not personal gain.
By Dave Butts and Mike Jacobs
Dave Butts is the Chairman of the National Prayer Committee
Mike Jacobs is the Co-Founder of Generals International