Scripture for the day is Proverbs 17:7, 29:4

Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
    still less is false speech to a ruler.

By justice a king gives stability to the land,
    but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.

After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Lord, I pray for the leaders of our states and nations, of business and commerce, of the arts and cultural institutions, of scholarship and the academy, and of social and welfare institutions for their honesty, wisdom, skill, and virtue in their duties, that their work would be a public blessing. Amen.