Lord, raise up the elders in the gates and courts of the cities. The watchmen on the wall, the keeper of the keys, the wise men who deliver the cities with wisdom. Raise up the humble who don't care if they are remembered by men, but only wish to be remembered and noticed by You. Raise up those who will deliver our cities and communities by Your wisdom and anointing.
"There was a small city with few men in it
and a great king came to it, surrounded it and
constructed large siegeworks against it.
But there was found in it a poor wise man
and he delivered the city by his wisdom.
Yet no one remembered that poor man."
The elders who sit in the gates and the courts, hold the keys to the city. They guard and protect the community. Raise up the elder anointing, those who are the doorways into the community. Those who decide what is allowed in or out. Anoint them with Your wisdom O God. Let them identify the threats and turn them away. Yet let them recognize when You are bringing a fresh and new thing, and not resist a new work from You just because it is unfamiliar. Let them teach the children, but not stifle their creativity or gifts of the new and the young.
"So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength."
But the wisdom of the poor man is despised
and his words are not heeded.
The words of the wise heard in quietness
are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools."
"Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good."
We pray for true conversion of the hearts of the people, the families, the churches, the watchmen, the elders and the wise. Let the eyes of the religious be opened to see the wickedness of their own heart, may true repentance follow, and a humble surrender to learn Your ways to a new depth O God.