Most of all, I’m writing to encourage you to pray with gratitude to God. Pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. And pray for every political leader and representative, so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 TPT
I sure do love what Paul said to Timothy in this passage of wisdom. Let’s take a minute to break this down a little bit. First up is the ‘pray with gratitude’ to God. That word gratitude according to dictionary.com is the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. So we are to come before God with thankful and grateful hearts, not crying because we didn’t get what we asked for.
The second portion says to pray for ALL men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. We don’t pray for just those we agree with or those who are Christians, but we pray for ALL men. How? With all forms of prayers. There’s not a right way or a wrong way, but we are to intercede (to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition: to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.) with intense passion.
Ok, wait for it, ‘And pray for every political leader and representative,’ no specificity as to right or wrong, democrat or republican, good or bad, beautiful or ugly, rich or poor, Christian or heathen, just pray! Why? ‘So that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts.’
Our part; pray. It’s the only way we will be able to live in peace. Our peace does not come from man but from God. His peace boggles the human mind. Listen to what David says in Psalm 37:29 TPT; The faithful lovers of God will inherit the earth and enjoy every promise of God’s care, dwelling in peace forever.
I believe the deepest travesty today that is tearing families and friends apart is not allowing our hearts and opinions to be changed in the waiting room. The place where relationship with God becomes the ONLY thing we value and what we receive there, transforms our relationships with others. To set aside our rights and ask God what HE would have us value.
Here’s what Jesus says in Matthew 5:9 NASB; “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” What a beautiful name to be called! I wonder what the name is for those who stir up strife and trouble? We’ll pray for them as well and allow the Holy Spirit to stir them to change.
Father, with a humble heart I come to You desiring Your heart be seen in me. May my love of You and Your Word be more evident then my opinions. I am thankful for those who are in authority over me and I lift up each elected official before You today. I ask that You instill them with wisdom in every decision they make. I believe that they are there for a reason that only You know the plans and purposes for their lives of service. You alone order our steps for Your glory in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.