Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, March 24, 2017
Why do we pray each day for God-centered, Spirit-led leaders? The following article is but one example.
Hosni Mubarak Is Freed, to Dismay of Many in Egypt – Six years after baying crowds ousted him at the peak of the Arab Spring, former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was freed on Friday from the Cairo hospital where he had been detained, capping a long and largely fruitless effort to hold him accountable for human rights abuses and endemic corruption during his three decades of rule.
Mr. Mubarak faced accusations of conspiring with the police to kill 239 protesters in Tahrir Square; of siphoning tens of millions of dollars from the state coffers; and of cutting off the country’s internet during the 2011 uprising, among other crimes. But what astonished Egyptians most was the sight of a man many had long feared, scowling in a courtroom cage.
Despite the severity of the charges, Mr. Mubarak remained defiant, insisting that it was he, not the Egyptian people, who had been wronged. His sons, Alaa and Gamal, joined him in the dock, accused of embezzling millions of dollars and overseeing a vast system of cronyism and corruption.
Reading from Isaiah 32.1-8 for Friday, March 24, 2017
Chapters 7-39 of Isaiah contrast two ways of behavior. One is trusting human resources that lead to injustice, corruption, blindness and destruction. The other option is to trust in God that leads to justice, clarity, integrity and life.
Isaiah 32.1-2 – See, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a covert from the tempest, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
These are the kinds of leaders that we can pray for. We can ask God that he gives leaders spiritual clarity that comes from submission to God’s will. Refusal to submit is the surest prescription for an ultimate inability to discern any difference between good and evil.
Isaiah 32.8 – But those who are noble plan noble things, and by noble things they stand.
Noble people are those who are generous and large hearted. They are people that an all-wise God supplies their needs, and who can afford to be generous to others.
Prayers for Friday, March 24, 2017
Dear God, may we become perfectly loving, so we use all power for the good of each and all, and none of it for the injury of anyone. Please clothe us with power, as we are spiritually ready to be clothed with it, your power, the power that works by love.