“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers,intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men…” (1 Timothy 2:1)
This verse teaches us to pray for all men including kings and all those in authority. Paul exhorts us to go to God with all manner of needs for men such as supplications (which are requests for needs as in supplies), prayers (talk to God about all your cares Re: all men and kings, etc), intercessions (praying for men who cannot pray and who’s prayers would be an abomination is God’s ears) and giving of thanks for all God has done for you and for those who forget to thank Him and for those that do not know to thank Him.
Some have found Paul’s other exhortation to “pray without ceasing” rather daunting. However, if one studies the Book and searches for all that we are to pray for it is not a daunting task. Beloved, there is much to pray for.
- Sensitivity to God’s will and directions.
- To be taught His ways
- Understanding of His Word
- Wisdom on applying His Word
- A Christ like mind set
- To glorify Him
- A prayerful spirit
- Growth in the grace and knowledge of Christ.
- A deeper and more abiding love for Christ
- Grace to overcome sin and sins in one’s life
- Daily needs
- Forgiveness of sin/sins
- Asking God that the above requests be given to others as well as self.
- When you hear an police, fire, or ambulance siren do you pray for those involved in the emergency as well as the officers, fire fighters, and EMTs?
- People we may not know but hear about via T.V. radio, or other media
- Do you thank Him? There is much to thank Him for; Christ and the Salvation we have and enjoy in Him, your walk with Him, the grace(s) we are given, the hope we have in Christ, God’s great and everlasting mercy, your health as it is, your trials and tribulations, your victories, your apparent losses (2 Cor. 2:14), your family, your friends, your job, your church, the food you eat, the money you purchase the food you eat with, the strength and energy He provides you to do what you do, air, water, fire, air conditioning, green lights, red lights, all the spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3-4) the Spirit’s fruit in your life (Gal. 5:22), the crucified life (Gal.2:20 & 6:14), the Divine nature given to you (2 Peter ch. 1), your prayer life, your progression in Christ likeness. The list could go on and on.
- Do you pray for loved one’s and there hardships and heartaches?
- Do you pray for this nation and the nation of Israel?
- Do you pray that God would hold back the tide of wickedness that energizes our government?
- Do you ask God to strengthen those in government that still stand for Him and Righteousness?
- Do you ever pray AGAINST the violent animalistic Islamic enemy we are facing?
- Do you ever pray against spiritual attacks and oppression and for those that are suffering under them?
Beloved, There is much to pray for without ceasing so Pray on and pray through.