I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. I Timothy 2:1-6
I needed Paul’s instruction to Timothy this morning. I read a sermon by Spurgeon on Meditation before I went to bed last evening and my son asked on Facebook yesterday, “How would your life change if you devoted 1% of your day (15 minutes) to something you felt was really important.” On my bike ride with Ann this morning I lamented how I couldn’t seem to change anything: the direction of my nation, unemployment, my husband’s health…
And so now I sit thinking about all this and realizing I have not prayed, interceded and thanked God for ALL people. I have not prayed for my president and the upcoming election and for the state of my nation and the world. Jesus is the answer. He makes the changes. It is utterly imperative that I spend time with Him before I go out into my day and face the larger world. I have neglected this imperative. Thank you, Paul, for your timeless reminder.