“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV).
Thoughts on Yesterday’s Challenge
While it is perfectly acceptable to pray for one’s self, it is also easy to fall into fall into a rut, praying only for one’s self. It is my habit to talk to the LORD throughout the day–when I’m perplexed, lonely, sad, happy, joyous, concerned, etc. I don’t necessarily spend a lot of time in prayer throughout the day, but I enjoy the blessing of His presence.
This challenge has already shown me that I spend way too much time praying about myself. When I would catch myself, I did one of two things. Either I switched it up and prayed for someone else, or I prayed a verse of scripture which God had reminded me. (This also showed me that I need to work at memorizing scripture again, as I can’t always remember the words to pray!)
I think switching my prayer focus on others had the effect of bringing peace for my anxiety in whatever circumstances I find myself. Bonus!
It seemed odd to me that praying for others, especially those in authority, could be connected to the salvation of others (v.4). But I realize that God’s wisdom is so much greater than my very best.
I confess that I seldom pray for my city, state, and national leadership. This is especially true when I find myself at odds with the decisions he or she makes. While I am more inclined to pray when I find myself in agreement with leadership, I believe it is the ones I don’t agree with that I should pray for most.
Blessings on your day!