Saturday, June 7, 2014

1 Timothy 2:3-4

1 Timothy 2:3-4 – This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth.

           In the first part of this chapter Paul instructs Timothy to pray for everyone, including all those in authority. We must make intercession, requests, prayer and thanksgiving for all people. Then Paul explains here why it is so important to do this. We see that it is God’s desire that everyone is saved and comes to know Him. This is important for us to remember.
           When we see people living in sin it can be hard to Love them. Beyond that, it can be even harder to pray for them. We must do this for those around us that we come in contact with every day, but Paul reminds us also that we must remember our leadership as well.
           It is easy to find ourselves joining in with the masses in complaining and tearing down our leaders, especially when their views don’t match our own. Their decisions affect our lives and can make them better or worse. When it is for the worse we find someone who shares our views and complain together.
           It is time to take a stand for truth and pray for those who have been put in authority over us. Stop complaining and pray!! That is often the only thing that you can do to bring change. Pray for wisdom in leading; pray for direction and good decisions; if they are not saved pray for salvation. This will do two things. First, it will help them and second it will help change your view toward them.
           Another thing that will help your view toward your leader is to give thanks for them. Now you might not like everything they do, but find something that you can be thankful for. We are told to “give thanks in all circumstance” and this is no different. God desires all to come to know Him, there are no exceptions.
           We must also remember that this concept applies to all in leadership over us. Pray for your pastor, your boss and also remember your government, all the way up to the President. Just because you don’t agree with them doesn’t mean the prayer should stop, in fact maybe we should be praying more!

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