16th April 2013

Why Pray For All People?

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.”
1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)

Often when people read this they are troubled; troubled by the idea of injustice with God.  Is the apostle Paul saying that we should pray for all people, including those who humanly would not deserve our prayer?  Why should we pray for reprobates, for those who, in an earthly sense, are unworthy?  And as if to add insult to injury, we are to do it with thanksgiving!

Paul was able to see beyond the earthly aspects of these words, he understood what ‘all people’ means to God.  We have to appreciate that all people are God’s children and they are children not because of their own virtue but because they are God’s.  It is God’s ownership of us all that makes us special.

God looks beyond the things that we see on earth.  He sees his children in a very different light, the light of Jesus.  In Jesus each of us has been cleansed of our uncleanness, our sin, set right with God and enjoys a position of acceptance with our heavenly Father.  We might not see this from our perspective but that does not alter the truth of God. 

We are also troubled by our own fallen nature.  Our nature seeks revenge.  But this stands in contrast to God’s desire. Paul goes on to say that God desires all people (that same all people) to be saved (verse 4), and it was for that purpose that Jesus was born, lived, died, was resurrected and ascended to heaven. When the apostle Peter considers this situation he says this, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV)

If we want to be in line with the mind of God, we will see his children as he does.  We will desire and pray for all to come to repentance.  It is repentance, that Jesus makes available, that will give all God’s children the opportunity to come back to him.  Let us be thankful!

Prayer
Father in Heaven, thank you for the work of Jesus that provides us all with the opportunity of repentance and acceptance by you.  May we all come to that place and believe what Jesus has made available to us and come to you in repentance and thankfulness.
Amen

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davidstirkAbout the Author:
David Stirk is an Elder in the Worldwide Church of God, UK.  He lives in Northern Ireland and guests as a speaker in congregations around the UK.  You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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