People of Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1-6

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First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

1 Timothy 2:1–6, ESV 

We are called to be a people of prayer. As we stand before the altar of God in prayer, we are to pray for all those in places of power and authority and seek to be a people of peace. As Christians, we are not meant to be caught up in the backbiting and division that we see so prevalent around us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is ever before us, and the promises of salvation stand as the promise for all people. Yet, we know the difficulties that we face not only in our relationships in the world but within our churches. We are meant to approach the throne of grace with humility through prayer. When we pray, we are called to pray for the well-being of all people. Sadly, how often do we find the other being done? This is nothing new, and it is why Paul is addressing this in his letter to Timothy. We pray for our leaders, not because the prayers we lift will appease them, but because we desire that they know and believe in Jesus Christ. We desire them to trust in Jesus Christ and seek His mercy and grace, also. When asked what we believe and why we believe, we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and that He is the only mediator between us and our Father in Heaven. In Christ, we have all been bought with a price. It is Him alone that is deserving of our prayer and praise. Our testimony is our alibi, and our lives are a calling card to our faith. When we live our lives as a reflection of the God who created us and the Savior who redeemed us, we share the gifts of the Holy Spirit to a world hungry for His saving grace. That is where we find our peace. 

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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