As we were praying, the though occurred to me "Why are we not praying for other governments as well?"
We spend a fair amount of time in the media and society being told that we are an interconnected society and a global world, and that "problems" that impact us should be dealt with globally. But ultimately global problems come down to individual governments of nation-states which make decisions.
For example, we can pray for "our" government to make the right and just decisions about any number of issues - but do we, or even are we, encouraged to pray for the other governments involved as well to make the right and just decisions also? It feels quite easy to feel that we can pray for our own government and hold it "accountable" (which is only usually used when the policy is disagreed with). But are we willing to go out on the limb and hold the other governments accountable as well?
I suppose in some ways this is rooted in my continuing complaint that large scale anythings, be they governments or movements or companies, never solve anything. It is only (ultimately) at the local level that such things get resolved. The question is, do we want to pray for true resolution of issues, or only for the resolutions that somehow stroke our own feelings being socially conscious and politically astutue?