First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (ESV)
Priority Of Prayer
Did you notice those words? Did I notice what words? Did you notice the words, “first of all?” Yes, I noticed, what point do you want to make with me? Isn’t my point obvious enough? Yes, I guess so. Is that a guess? No. Tell me more about the point I am making with you. Prayer is something that you want me to do first. Prayer is not a last resort. I am to pray not because I can do nothing else. I am to pray because that is my first and best choice. You want me to bring people and needs and circumstances and issues to you. Yes, I do. You want me to pray for all people. That’s right. Prayer will do more than I could ever accomplish. Prayer will guide the work that you do give me to do. My efforts without prayer will be fruitless. You will bear an abundance of fruit in and through my life as I remain in prayer with you. Right again.
Do you believe that I will hear and answer your prayers? Do you believe that I will give and guide the prayers that I want you to pray? Yes, I do. Will you come to me? Will you sit before me? Will you pray the prayers that I give you to pray? Yes Lord, I will.
You do have a choice. What do you mean? You can live a hectic, ungodly life that is filled with noise and turmoil and desperation or you can live a quiet, peace filled, dignified and godly life. Which one do you want to live? I want to live a quiet, peace filled, dignified and godly life. I thought so. How will you do that? What promises have I made to you? It is your command that I pray for all people, including the leaders that you have placed over my life. That’s right. If I pray prayers of supplication and intercession with thanksgiving then I will be able to live a quiet, peace filled, dignified and godly life. That’s true. Does this mean that you will have no pain or suffering or difficulty in your life? No, it does not. But, I will have a relationship with you, built with prayer, that will give me peace and quiet that will help to live a godly life in and through every difficulty I will encounter. Yes, you will. That is what I want. That is the desire of my heart. I want to live a life of prayer as I walk with you through life. I want to live the dignified and godly life that you are calling me to live. That will be very good.
Lord, I have made the mistake of allowing myself to be dragged into bitter debate with others. Under such circumstances, it has been difficult for me to pray for them. Help me to pray for all people, including my leaders, so that, I can live a quiet and peaceful life. Amen
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