Note: To understand the ministry of Isaiah we must have an understand of the kings of Israel and Judea. Theirs was a sordid history of success and failure in leading the people to serve God. Isaiah began his prophetic ministry while Uzziah was still king.
2 Kings 15: 3, 4 [Uzziah] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. The high places, however, were not removed, the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
Prayer: Lord God, we pray that you will raise up godly leaders in our generation to turn the hearts of the children to you.
Thought for the day: The key that opens a doorway to truth and prosperity for any leader is obedience to God.
Deuteronomy 17:14, 15 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you the king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite.
Prayer: Lord God, give us wisdom to choose godly men and women to lead us today.
Thought for the day: Some vacancies would be better left unfilled.
I Samuel 10:19 “But you [Israel] have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your calamities and distresses. And you have said, ‘No set a king over us’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”
Prayer: Lord God, forgive us for all the times we have turned away from your leadership and turned to the world.
Thought for the day: You can always find someone to lead providing you do not care where they are leading you.
I Samuel 16: 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Prayer: Lord God, in choosing David you demonstrated that you are a discerner of the hearts of men and women.
Thought for the day: God required no advertising campaign to discover the leader with godly loyalty.
I Kings 9: 4, 5 “As for you [Solomon], if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David you father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’”
Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for the abundant opportunities you make available for those who are faithful to you.
Thought for the day: When God has all of you, you can have it all.
I Kings 11: 11, 12 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David you father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the had of your son.
Prayer: Lord God, we mourn for the abundant opportunities from you that have been lost due to negligence and disobedience
Thought for the day: Through disobedience Solomon just lost it all unlike some leaders who had it all, lost it all, and made it back.
2 Chronicles 26: 4, 5 [Uzziah] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.
Prayer: Lord God, for every prophet who has voiced your will and your plan we give thanks.
Thought for the day: Hearing and heeding the prophet of God of your own hour still promises great rewards.