I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15
Paul wrote: I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1–2
What does it mean to be “after God’s own heart”?
A quick trip through the Bible reveals that these things are at the center of God’s heart:
Creating beauty and order.
Setting healthy boundaries to guide and protect.
Providing sustenance and abundance.
Releasing people from slavery.
Giving purpose and direction.
Blessing people, in order that they might be a blessing to others.
Uniting people across differences.
Breaking the rules of human religion in favor of wholeness for all.
These (and many others) are the major themes that follow the entire arc of the Bible. These are the themes that reveal the heart of God. These are the themes that show up in the life of Christ, the fullest picture of who God is.
If these are the themes that should characterize the life of leaders who follow God’s heart, then there is much we can pray for in each other. We all lead in one way or another…so today, may we hold each other in prayer…that our lives might be shaped by these values.
God, we pray for all who lead us today. For elected officials, and public servants. For dedicated volunteers and consecrated ministers. For each one of us…may you help us to follow your own heart. Amen.