Heavenly Father – today I thank you for uniqueness! Yes, just looking around at your creation it seems obvious that you highly value uniqueness. When you created dogs, you didn’t create just one kind, but hundreds. When you created birds, you didn’t create just one kind, but thousands. More than ten thousand kinds of butterflies and more than a hundred thousand kinds of flowers! And though each person is created in your image, all the billions of people are each unique, with their own special gifts and talents and each is highly valued. Thank you for caring for us so much Lord. And thank you for the scripture from 2 Chronicles chapter 24 to use in my prayer for your talented daughter, Lindsey:
2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
17-18 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them. And they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
Lord, today I pray a big prayer for the daughter you love. I pray that you surround her with good advisers. Scriptures show us how important a good adviser is. While Jehoida was advising Joash he did what was right in the sight of the Lord. But after Jehoida died, the king was persuaded to listen to his princes and left the Lord to worship idols instead. Lord, I pray that you would provide Lindsey with godly advisers. Give her great discernment to determine which advice to pay heed to. Lord, be their guide this day, this month, this coming year. And we will give you the glory. All the glory is yours Lord. Glory! I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.
ESV: And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them. And they abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs.
GNT: He did what was pleasing to the Lord as long as Jehoiada the priest was alive.
But once Jehoiada was dead, the leaders of Judah persuaded King Joash to listen to them instead. And so the people stopped worshiping in the Temple of the LORD, the God of their ancestors, and began to worship idols and the images of the goddess Asherah. Their guilt for these sins brought the LORD’s anger on Judah and Jerusalem.