From 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Paul challenges Christians to pray for all people in these verses.  Specifically, he mentions kings and people who are in high positions.  It is helpful to keep in mind that, at the time, most of the rulers and authorities did not treat Christians with kindness or mercy – they were much more likely to choose violence.  We should include in our prayers people in authority over us – whether that be council members, mayors, governors, presidents, members of congress, bosses, HOA presidents, or judges.  We should pray for them even if, maybe especially if, we disagree with them.  We pray for peace and the ability to lead a quiet, godly life.

Another thing to note in these verses is the rationale that Paul gives for praying for all people.  He says that it is good and pleasing in the sight of God because He “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” We pray for all people because God cares for all people, we pray for all people because God wants them all to be saved, and we pray for all people because they are all a part of His plan for creation – whether they acknowledge it or not.

Focus on God

We are reminded in these verses that Jesus graciously hears our prayers.

Function in Our Lives

We are encouraged to pray for others, especially people in positions of authority.

Topics to Pray About                                                               

  • Thank God for the freedom to go to Him in prayer.
  • Confess to God the times where you don’t pray for others like you should.
  • Ask God to bless the people He has given authority in this world with wisdom and righteousness.

In His Service,

J. LeBorious