The Apostle Paul tells Timothy in in the his first letter to Timothy in Chapter 2:1-2, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”
It would appear there is a promise from obeying this instruction: that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
What a tremendous promise. In the midst of a dark world and the chaos it brings here is a promise to live life at peace in a godly and dignified manner. Could there be a better offering as a result of prayer? Especially if you have a family and wish them to grow up in a peaceful environment.
Have you wondered what happens to ‘all men, the kings and all who are in authority’ as a result of our prayers? Do they notice and know the Christians are praying for them? Or are our prayers intended to bless these people so that they will live more righteously and less inclined to sin?
The Apostle Paul does not say directly but since the Lord Jesus exhorts us in the Sermon on the Mount to pray for our enemies and to bless those who persecute us then it would appear the Lord Himself intends to bring forth a fruitful response as a result of our prayers. In other words our prayers, in response to the command, move the Lord to subdue the unrighteous acts of ‘all men, the kings and all who are in authority’.
The promise is not they these people become Christians but that the Lord subdues their actions, especially those that would be directed specifically at Christians, that would lead to wholesale lawlessness.
The Bible says the people rejoice when the righteous reign. People can’t live and flourish when sin and chaos abound. Therefore even non Christians would benefit from calm communities where they can live peacefully day to day, raise their children, work at their business, etc.
Thus Christian communities should be a blessing to the communities in which they live through their prayers for ‘all men, the kings and all who are in authority’.
Will you begin today to pray for these people? Will you respond to the Apostle Paul’s command and pray for them? If so, find their names on the internet, print off the list and pray for them daily.
Who would be on this list? Elected officials: the President, the Vice President, the President’s cabinet, the Governor of your state, the Lt. Governor and all the statewide elected officials, your US and state Senator and Representative, your Mayor and respective city council, your Pastor and the Pastors in your area, and anyone else who has authority in your life. Seek to have an extensive list.
As you pray for them daily the Lord will bring to mind others for you to pray for. This is life long commitment and one which will help you grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
Don’t wait. Take action today and being to pray for ‘all men, the kings and all who are in authority’.