1 Timothy 2:1-7 (TNIV)
1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and human beings, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
Like a father, Paul mentored and loved Timothy. And as Timothy eventually grew to become a leader in the early church, Paul continued to give him words of guidance. In this passage, he urges Timothy to expand the boundaries of his concern for others, not letting his prayers be limited to just one group of people. He is encouraged to pray with open eyes, learning to embrace all kinds of people from various societal positions, races and ethnicities.
Our God is a God of all nations, and as we worship Him, He will take us out of our small self-centered worlds into a greater view of others. What’s incredible is that we can take the role of the intercessor on behalf of all people! And when we do this, this is pleasing to the Lord.
Responding to the Transmitted Message:
Spend time today asking the Lord for more of His heart for all people. The beauty of the gospel is that it shines through all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic biases. May the Lord open your eyes to the nations!