Friday, September 2, 2011
Prayers For All
1 Tim 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
We are encouraged to pray four types of prayers: Supplications (requests), prayers (earnest oratories to God), intercessions (prayers on behalf of others) and giving of thanks.
These four types of prayer are to be made on behalf of all men. That is, all categories of people; neighbors, friends, family, church folks, the saved, the lost, missionaries, pastors, the sick and afflicted, the military, our governmental leaders, etc.
These prayers don't only benefit those for whom we pray, but also the ones doing the praying. We are told to do so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
It is also pleasing to God that we should pray in this manner. It is good and acceptable in His sight, for He wills that all would be saved and know the truth.
Have you earnestly prayed today? Have a blessed time in conversation with the Lord.