1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV 2011
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
The apostle Paul wrote this letter to Timothy including instructions regarding care for his church in Ephesus. Nero was the emperor of Rome when Paul wrote this letter to Timothy. Paul knew prayer was the key for Timothy’s success. Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Authority comes from God. Romans 13:1a, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” Deep reverence for God’s authority begins with prayer.
On December 23, 1776 Thomas Paine penned the words, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” If you’ve never read the complete text of the letter take a look and see how the first paragraph ends here: “Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.” That’s exactly what Paul was saying to Timothy. No matter what the person in charge is saying, power remains with God. Each Wednesday we gather as the body Christ and pray for our nation and others. My daily reverence for God begins with prayer.
How will we pray today?
Reverent prayer warriors,