Sunday February 18, 2018 “Listen to the Elders”

1 Kings 12:4-7 “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”  Rehoboam answered, “Go away for three days and then come back to me.” So the people went away.  Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.  They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”
Good evening and welcome to the Sunday Night Edition of “We are the People” prayer for America.  Every Sunday we bring  together the hearts of intercessors that choose to invest a minimum of 15 minutes in prayers of agreement between the hours of 6 and 9 pm using the three focus points listed below as a guide.  May God bless you as you pray for your concern for America’s future.  We encourage you to join us in prayer daily and invite others to join us.
God’s people had been under exacting leadership with Solomon but now there was opportunity for real change in Israel.  Tonight let us join our hearts in prayer on these three focus points.
Prayer Focus #1:  Verse 4 tells us that the people were ready to serve Rehoboam.  Pray that America will begin to have a heart to serve our country and respect and honor our leaders.
Prayer Focus #2:  Rehoboam should have listened to the Elders of Israel.  Pray that young Americans will have a change of heart to hear those who have lived through all stages of life and have a better picture of what must be done to see good days in the future for all Americans.  Wisdom comes with length of days.
Prayer Focus #3:  The Elders advised Rehoboam to lighten up on the people, be a servant to them and not a harsh ruler, learn to answer questions (the why’s of life) and speak good words to those you lead.
Pray that our leaders will learn from the elders of ancient Israel and be as they are called to be – public servants who value their constituents and vote as if the general public would vote.
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