Verse of the day
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
Prayer is such an essential part of the Christian faith. So much so that when Apostle Paul would write to Timothy in our text for today, he began with “first of all”. It therefore goes to show that God’s desire first of all, as it concerns “all men” and our relations to them, is that we pray for them.
It is what you may call “the believer’s ministry”.
One of the easiest things to do, especially when people and situations go wrong is to grumble and complain. It is easier to judge than to take it as a responsibility to pray for people, with a heart that “this is on me too because I have not prayed”. Oh, how much better the body of Christ would be if we prayed for others first!
A praying heart is one of the purest forms of love. To uphold others in prayers, even to the extent of giving thanks for them in our secret place where they may not even know we offer them such a service, is to be like our High Priest who is always interceding on our behalf. This praying heart, done sincerely will solve a lot of problems for them and even for us. And this is because when we relate with them, it is from this place. Then, forgiveness becomes easier, kindness and care become our default mode and our hearts are generally with them.
This also applies to those in authority (verse 2). Whether they are people in government of nations, leadership of the Church and down to the authorities in our various spaces – work, school etc – we should pray for them all. Why? So that we would lead quiet and peaceful lives. War, violence and strife can quickly become hindrances for us and for the Gospel.
Certainly, if you take a deliberate count of all we need to pray for, you’ll realize that we have our work cut out for us. But we are not alone. God will never give an instruction He has not provided grace for. The Spirit has been given to teach and help us pray (Romans 8:26). The Holy Spirit makes intercessions for us and teaches/strengthens us to do the same for others.
A praying heart is one of the purest forms of love. To uphold others in our secret place where they may not even know we offer them such a service, is to be like our High Priest who is always interceding on our behalf.Click To Tweet
Lord, thank You for always interceding for me. Help me become more deliberate in interceding for others. I thank You because the grace to do so has already been given.
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