Faith & Life: Pray for All People
God is and Always Will Be Sovereign
by J.M. Troppello
Life gets crazier every day. I’m not surprised anymore about anything that happens since so many surreal things have turned our world upside down. The only thing I can do to keep myself stable and sane is to continue praying to God.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (I Timothy 2:1-4, NKJV)
This passage of Scripture from I Timothy 2:1-4 gives Christians an important message. It applied back then when it was written, and it applies to Christians today. Paul encourages Timothy to pray for all men. That means you should pray for all people, not just those you like. You need to pray for kings and all who are in authority. I admit that I don’t usually pray for those in authority in my country. I pray often throughout the day for my family, friends, people on the prayer chain at church, and others that need prayer.
Why don’t I then pray for those in authority?
Maybe it’s because part of me doesn’t think it will make any difference since so many politicians are so dirty, like ‘DC Swamp Creatures.’ However, I know God is sovereign. He is and always will be sovereign. He’s still in control. He hasn’t lost control of this crazy world.
Look at the second part of verse 2: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. The Thomas Nelson Study Bible says that “peaceable refers to the internal composure or an amiable attitude.” I like that depiction of this part of the verse. Our world needs more peaceable people with amiable attitudes.
Notice how verse 3 says that praying for those in authority over you is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. I think I need to get better at praying for our leaders. Prayer works. It is powerful. Verse 4 continues by sharing that God wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
Wow! That’s a lot of information for me to digest – even if it’s all compacted in four verses. I definitely want to do my part to be able to live a more peaceful and quiet life, that is good and acceptable to God, my Savior. I need to create a plan of action for me to begin to pray for our leaders.
What are your thoughts on this passage of Scripture?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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