Lord God, The kings in this story went into battle without consulting you. And yet, when they realized their error, and turned to you for counsel and guidance, you graciously met them at their point of need. I pray for our nation’s leaders, as they make plans to defend and protect our country’s interests and security, that they will be prompted to inquire of you and to ask for your help even in forming military plans. I pray that you will remind ______________________ and me by your Spirit to make no plans for our own lives without inquiring first of you and seeking wisdom and guidance from you. I thank you that you are a gracious God, and I take comfort from this section of Scripture to believe that, even if we have ignored you for a time, you will be gracious to us at any point we turn to you for help. I pray that you will raise up Elishas in our own day, men who can bring to us your word. May your word be with them and your hand be upon them. Elisha was gracious to these kings solely because he had such respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat. Even though the king shared power with men who did not serve you, you gave your wisdom to them all because of the favor he had in your eyes. I ask in a similar way that you will raise up men like him to positions of power in our own culture, so that because of them, you may release your favor into their councils and into the life of our community and nation. I pray that each of us may be a Jehoshaphat in our own spheres of influence. Even when we work alongside those who do not know you, may your favor and guidance be given to them because we have found favor in your eyes. Please use us as a conduit for your wisdom even to unbelievers. Through us may they see your power at work. Lord, I see in this section that you care about the fate and destiny of nations. Yet you also showed great compassion for an obscure widow and her two young sons. May we trust you with the circumstances of our own lives, and believe that you have time for us and a desire to meet the needs not only of our nation but also of our own families. The size of the miracle you did for this woman was limited only by the number of receptacles she gathered. I pray that you will grant us a large faith so that the work you do in our lives may not be limited in any way by the size of our faith. As she did, may we offer to you the little we have and trust to you to do miraculous things with it. Never let us forget that little is much when you are in it. These things I ask in the name of Jesus, amen.