"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." I Timothy 2:1-4
Today, many Americans will recognize and celebrate the presidents of this country who have led our nation over the centuries. Whatever our opinions are about the past leaders of our nation, or even current President Barack Obama, we as believers are exhorted to pray for “all people”, including our president.
As Paul urges us to live a life of prayer, he generalizes whom we should pray for and then specifies to pray for those who are in high positions. This suggests that we are to pray for those considered lowly in our society, to the most prominent of people, and everyone in between.
Not only does Paul mention who to pray for, but he also lists how to pray for them. As we become aware of the needs of others, we are to intercede for them accordingly. Another way we are to pray is by giving thanks to God for the people in our lives. Whether it is for those who lead over us from a governmental standpoint or those who lead over us from a spiritual position, we are to be thankful for the order our leaders help bring to our lives. All authority has been established by God (Romans 13:1) and we should honor and obey these authorities, as long as they do not ask us to disobey our ultimate Authority.
Furthermore, Paul points to God’s heart for all people, which is that they be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. This is yet another way in which we are to pray for people, that they would come to know the Lord Jesus as their Savior. However, we must not only pray for those apart from Christ, but we should also lead lives that are peaceful, quiet, godly, and dignified, in hopes that unbelievers will notice the positive effect God has on those who have come to the know Him.
So, let us take some a moment of time today to pray for our president and other leaders of our community, knowing that God is pleased by our intercessory prayers as well as our godly lives.
What do a president and a pauper have in common? They both desperately need Jesus!
Posted on Mon, February 16, 2015
by Sam Petitfils