1 Timothy 2: Prayer for All
As a leader in the early church, Paul reminds Timothy that it is important to pray for everyone in 1 Timothy 2.
1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
This even includes people that Timothy would not have necessarily liked. I don’t know Timothy’s views on government, but maybe he was not thrilled with the people in leadership; Paul told him to pray for them. I know that many people today get upset about the government or people in leadership, but we also then ought to pray for those who are in power.
After all, think about it. Who doesn’t need prayer? Even if we don’t like someone, it doesn’t mean that we don’t pray for them. In fact, it almost seems to me that those people who are doing things that the other people who need for most of all (although I realize that we all equally fallen and therefore need prayer equally).
I wonder how this would change the dialogue for Christians. It would be something if we were more concerned about praying for all people. It certainly might be a more positive environment. While I don’t doubt that we need to speak out about things that are going wrong in the world, at the same time, we should make a concerted effort to pray for those even if they oppose us. Even if there are problems that we don’t agree with or support whatsoever, we can still pray for those people.