Prayers for Men in Public Offices
Joshua 1:12-18
And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spoke Joshua, saying,…

Rulers who answer the end of their office as guardians of civil and religious liberty are pillars of a land. They uphold and support it, and keep it from tottering and sinking. We should pray for them —

1. That they may be endued with every grace and virtue which can animate to the faithful and diligent execution of the duties of their office. If piety, true patriotism, and zeal for the interests of religion are at present less conspicuous in many who hold civil or military offices than they have been in some former periods, there is the greater need to beseech Him, with whom is the residue of the Spirit, to pour out abundantly.

2. We should pray that all in offices, civil or military, may be endued with the gifts and talents necessary for the honourable discharge of their several offices. Capacity and genius, as well as good dispositions, are requisite for serving the public. It is from Divine influence that rulers diligently search what conduct is just and wise; hearken to salutary advice, from whatever quarter it comes; and have clear understandings to discern, and sound judgments to choose the right path, even in situations the most intricate and perplexed.

3. We should pray that, in consequence of good dispositions and eminent abilities, rulers may actually adopt the measures which best tend to promote the public good. It is not enough that a ruler avoids, in his own practice, whatever may embolden wickedness, and recommends, by an exemplary conduct, that righteousness which exalteth a nation. He must vigorously enforce and execute the laws already established for restraining wrong and wicked lewdness, and help forward the enacting of such new laws as may be needful for restraining them more effectually.

4. We should pray God to prosper the endeavours of all in civil and military offices for promoting the public good.

(John Erskine, D. D.).

Parallel Verses
KJV: And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,

WEB: Joshua spoke to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, saying,

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