Daniel 22:19-21 -Daniel praised the God of heaven. He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings.

Heavenly Father, I wouldn’t want to live in Babylon, where Daniel and his friends lived in captivity for decades. As heart-concerning and angst-fuelling as life in SA is right now, I’m wouldn’t gladly trade places with Daniel, and enter his context of evil, predictable unpredictability, and political chaos.

That being said, I (and a bunch of friends in this Gospel-prayer-posse) do want to know, love, and trust you like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did.

It’s not so much they were great men to be emulated. It’s that you are a great God to be worshipped, enjoyed, and served. These guys lived in a vital, robust relationship with you. In these coming months, do this same work in our hearts, Father—by the truth and power of the Gospel.

Renew, refresh, restore in us our first love for Jesus; and heart-trust in you, Abba—the one who “controls the course of world events”; and our confidence in God the Holy Spirit, “to remove kings and set up other kings.”

No matter how we feel compelled to vote this year in November, may we be 1000 more times compelled to trust and serve you. You’re not calling us to be passive, fear-full, or cynical. You are calling us to remember there’s only one unshakeable Kingdom and one eternal King—the Lord Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in his righteous and reigning name.
(✍🏻 Scotty Smith)

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