1 Timothy 2:1–7 (ESV)
Pray for All People
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and
it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all,
which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
My prayers should
not be focused on me, that would be self-centered. My prayers should be outward focused. We are to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for ALL people... and this is pleasing to God. Verse 4 states that God desires
all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. We too should want this! But do we??? Do you find yourself sharing the faith with ALL people? Do you share it with only people of your skin color? Do you share
it with people of your income and social level? I often hear people talk about sharing the Gospel message with the poor. Do doctors, lawyers and business men need saving? Often we associate the poor as in need of Christ and the rich as already
having Christ. This is far from the truth! Health, wealth, and prosperity happens to rich believers and rich non believers. Just as there are poor believers and poor non-believers. It is erroneous to categorize the rich as not needing God.
Some of the rich have families that are really messed up!
I pray: O Lord, help me to not judge anyone by color, wealth, social level, or ethnicity. Help me to reach out and share the Gospel with
all people, not just those I’m comfortable with. Help me to truly reach out to all people and not play judge. Amen.