Read: I Timothy 2:1-2
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Reflect: When we pray Paul tells us we should pray for others. If you are like me “others” means those close to you, but that isn’t what the Holy Spirit had in mind when He wrote these verses through Paul. He is asking us to pray for others both inside AND outside of our journey. Pray for “all” people, at work, at home, at school, those who lead and those who follow. How is that possible? I can’t do that every day and I don’t know anyone who does or who could, so what does it mean? It means be open to the Spirit each time you go to pray and invite Him to lead you. You may have a prayer journal or a prayer list, ask Him where to start and where to end. Ask Him to lead you to cover those who need covering that day or in that season. None of us know what is going on in the world of others particularly our leaders. We listen to the news, read the blogs and we are persuaded that so and so is good or right and the other person is not. This is a huge blunder and a foolish way to live. God asks us to pray for our leaders whether we like them or not, whether we agree with them or not. I don’t think any of us could imagine the pressure the President or key Senators or Congress leaders live under. If they care about people at all, they feel pressure and if they don’t care about people, they need prayer to open their hearts and lives to feel the pain of those they lead. The verses say “Pray for all people, for kings (leaders) and all those in authority” and then it closes with a promise we don’t want to miss, “that we may live peaceful lives.” Who doesn’t want that, to have peace in the land? I know many people pray for myself and the other leaders at Water of Life and I am certain that without them I wouldn’t have survived the journey all these years. Your prayers make a huge difference for those you intercede for. The possibilities of prayer run hand in hand with the promises of God and He promises to bring peace to the land when we pray for leaders. Remember, we are all called to pray, for others, those we know and those we don’t know. Don’t be overwhelmed by this. Go to the Lord and ask Him to guide you and He will direct you how and who to pray for each day.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me not to be overwhelmed by the thought of praying for “all people,” but teach me to be led each day by you. Where you lead me I will pray. Thank you, Father, for giving me your promises to remind me that my prayers matter.