Reading: 1 Timothy 2: 1-7
Paul opens this section with a universal appeal for us to pray for everyone. Paul even says to pray for the King and all in authority. Today he would tell us to pray for the President and all elected officials. For some this may be a challenge. Some dislike the King. But as a Christian, we cannot argue with Paul’s logic: God wants all people to be saved and to come to know the truth found in Jesus. So Paul calls us to pray for all people.
There are always reasons or obstacles that can make praying for all people difficult. First of all is our own self-interest. We want to know what’s in it for us. It can also be hard to pray for someone who seems to have little connection to our life. Second, we do not like all people. It can be very hard to pray for someone we dislike or disagree with. Yet we are called to pray for all people. So that they can be saved.
In addition to bringing others before God, praying for all benefits us as well. We are being obedient to God’s word and this shows respect and love to God. Praying for all is what Christ did and still does, so doing this brings us nearer to Christ. Praying for all opens our eyes and hearts to others. It makes us more loving and empathetic. It places neighbor ahead of self. Praying for all replaced judgment with empathy and love. It helps us to see all as children of God in need of salvation. Praying for all also leads us to offer healing and hope to a world so in need. It changes how we speak to and treat others.
Pray for all. Not only does it bring them before God, it also changes our attitude, our heart, and our outlook. Prayer draws us into being more Christ-like. May we pray often. May we pray for all. May our prayers draw us ever closer to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.