“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.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
I was in a Church prayer conference some years back, I heard the guest preacher say something that troubled my heart “Jesus asked us to pray for our enemies” he said and continued “but he did not give us prayer points. It is not bad to pray for the death of your enemies because prayer is prayer”. After then he led the congregation into series of prayers where the death of their enemies was the high target. Is that supposed? Read on
Every morning, we often thank God for a great sleep and we also request for a successful day! During the night times, we also thank God for a great day and request for a good night sleep. That is good but it is often selfish since it is all about us! It should be a burden right in our heart to pray for others.
Who are we to pray for? Paul said “all people”! I have come to realise that most civilians does not like their leaders especially in the government! That is because the leaders gave them less reasons to love them! But we are seeing something different today! Pray for all people including the leaders!
Barack Obama may not really be a role model, he may be the worst America’s president but we were not told to pray for good leaders only! People around us may not really like us but we were not told to pray for people who likes us! We were told to pray for “all” people
During the pre-election times in Nigeria, many took to the media to insult the former President of the country, Pastors were not excluded! There was so many different opinions as people either defended or heavily criticised him, I followed the event closely. People have the right to air their views and opinions, but unfortunately many who criticised him also failed their own parts by not praying for the President.
Do not think that there is no effect to those prayers. The scripture talked about the effect
“… That we may live peaceful and quiet lives…”
This is an area many believers have failed!
What kind of prayer should we pray for people? I don’t think it is the kind of prayer we saw above! That prayer is not only unscriptural, it is also a SIN. Just like Paul said, we ought to make petitions, requests, intercessions and thanksgiving for all people (including our enemies). We are expected to pray with love for our enemies. Jesus actually gave us clue to the kinds of prayer we are to pray. We love our friends so our prayers for them is basically positive and Jesus also asked us to love our enemies! These were his words
“But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who ill-treats you.” Matthew 5:44 (CEV)
I believe today’s devotional has spoken to your heart, I believe it has shown us that we have a responsibility, we have a part to play towards all people. Have a great day!
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for speaking to my heart and reminding me of the forgotten lifestyle you desire from us. I pray for the entire human race, that they may come to the knowledge of you. Concerning the leaders, I pray for more wisdom and knowledge, that they may carry out the affairs of our dear nation in fairness and love. I pray for peace all around the world. In Jesus name. Amen.