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1 Timothy 2:1
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
St. Paul said to his young associate, Timothy, that it was his urging of all people of Christian faith that they would offer petitions and prayers and intercession and thanksgiving for ALL people. In the next verse, he said this would include kings (political leaders) and everyone who is in authority. That means I am still commanded to pray for those I dislike. In other words, “No One Is Exempt From My Prayers.”
The reason the Apostle Paul told every believer that “No One Is Exempt From Their Prayers,” is so we can all live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. Paul said this is the way to please God, our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. So even in our cry for JUSTICE, there’s something even more important than that. Inevitably, God wants everyone to experience salvation and eternal life in Christ. So when Christians are seen cursing people they disagree with, it’s evident that they have a bigger personal agenda than our God. Or it means that they don’t know what Gods Word commands. Eventually, we must be at peace, and we must desire all men and women everywhere to follow Jesus. Anything that supersedes that heavenly agenda would mean that we are not following the Lord’s command that says, “No One Is Exempt From My Prayers!”
Thank You this AM for reminding me once more of my God-given commands concerning what I think is important versus what you say is even more important. Thank You that I am reminded that PRAYER for all people is still Your requirement, so Your will (not mine) would be done in heaven and on earth. Certainly, no one is more concerned about JUSTICE than You, but Your way of getting there is better than mine. Amen