1Timothy 2:1-3 NV 2011
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession 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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.
Jeremiah reminded those in Babylonian captivity to seek peace where they were. Jeremiah 29:7, “Also, seek peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it.” Nero was Rome’s emperor when Paul wrote his letters to Timothy. Paul called the church in Ephesus to pray. Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit.” Peter encouraged the faithful to submit. 1 Peter 2:13, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority.” Timothy and the church at Ephesus were God’s example to their community. God uses everything for His good purposes.
The world in which we live is indeed the world in which we live. God doesn’t make any mistakes. I need to choose to pray for those around me that are in authority over me. God has called me to pray for the leaders of our country. It doesn’t matter which “side of the aisle” they fall because God is in control. We must even pray for those who persecute us. Prayer is part of my daily process, even for the evil. God uses everything for His good purpose.
How will you extend mercy to those persecuting you?