In 1900, the city of Chicago performed a civil engineering miracle. They reversed the direction of the Chicago River from flowing into the Great Lakes to flowing from the Great Lakes into the Chicago River. They had to dig 28 miles of canals to do it, and they had to move more dirt and rocks than was moved in the building of the Panama Canal. But they did it. They redirected the streams of waters.
The Bible tells us that the Lord does the same with the heart and minds of the governing authorities. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.” God’s sovereignty over the rulers of this earth is quite amazing. And as we see God’s ability to redirect the hearts of earthly kings to do His will, it emboldens us to pray God sized prayers for our governing authorities.
The Bible tells the story of God’s sovereignty over three kings. God demonstrated His power and made His name known despite the heart of Pharaoh trying to resist His will. God even worked on the heart of Nebuchadnezzar to humble him. And God stirred up the heart of Cyrus to act and to do His will.
When we see Proverbs 21.1 in living color in the pages of Scripture, it calls us to pray for God to do great and mighty things through our President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.
Lord, may you direct the heart of our governing authorities to do Your will!
To learn more about the hope of Proverbs 21.1, listen to or watch the full sermon, “The King of Kings.”