There are lots of different disciplines when it comes to our Spiritual lives. One of them seems to be one that is brought up a lot and a fair struggle for a lot of people. Prayer. For a bunch of people who like to talk to one another we have trouble making time to talk to our Father in Heaven. This is something I am working on being better at. Prayer is something we are told to do without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Prayer should be a constant part of our lives.
I enjoy working with young people and one of the questions that is brought up a lot is, “Who do I pray for?” I’ve thought about this question a lot in the past, especially as I was growing up. There is a passage that I go back to, 1 Timothy 2:1-7. Paul gives us a straightforward answer to our question. He “urges” us to take “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.” (1 Timothy 2:1) Paul is telling Timothy and his church, as well as us, that we are to be praying for all people. Not just a few or some chosen people but all people. He even includes the kings and leaders. People who impact our daily lives and make decisions for many people. We are to be praying for all people. Praying this way also helps us live in a way that spreads the gospel so that it can go out among the world. Pray for all people.
Paul’s instruction reminds us that prayer is an important part of spreading the gospel around for people to know. Just as God wants us to pray for all people, He also wants all people to be saved and to know the knowledge of the truth. Not only is prayer supposed to be for all people but it is also a reminder that God’s truth is for all people and that Jesus came and sacrificed his life for all people. Pray for all people and speak God’s Word to all people.
How is prayer going to be a part of your week this coming week? Is it something that will be just a quick passing by? Something that we just do when we need something right now? Or is prayer going to be a key part of your week and your interactions with other people? Are you praying for those you see on the street? Your neighbors? Government leaders? Teachers? Yourself? Who are you praying for? 1 Timothy 2:1-7 reminds us of a few things. We need to be praying for all people but, we also need to be sharing the truth and speaking the Word of God. This week I want to challenge you to pray and to share the story of Jesus. Jesus was a huge gift to humanity, it is up to us to share that throughout the World so that other people can know about this gift, to make Jesus a part of their life, and so that even more people can know about Christ. Pray for all people because Jesus gave himself as a ransom for all.