"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people." 1 Timothy 2:5-6
I love Paul's letters to young Timothy! Paul encourages him with the truth of the gospel and teaches him with godly wisdom. In 1 Timothy 2:1-6, Paul says, "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 our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people." Paul urges Timothy to pray for, to petition for, and to intercede for others in an attitude of thanksgiving. He reminds young Timothy that Jesus was a ransom for ALL people. Jesus wants ALL people to be saved, to come to a knowledge of the truth. Paul even speaks about kings and those in authority in this passage. The early Christians were surrounded by kings and authorities who were not godly and treated them harshly at times. But Paul says that we should pray for everyone, including those in authority. I wonder today if we are praying for, interceding for, and petitioning for others in an attitude of thanksgiving??? Are we praying for those in government positions, those in authority? Are we praying for ALL people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth? As Christ followers, we always say we want to please God. Paul says doing this is "good and pleases God our Savior." Today, let's be a people of prayer. Let's pray for ALL people, not just some of them.