Pray for Everyone
Today I was driving behind an ambulance. I saw a patient in the back. I wondered who that person is…
Is he a husband? Is he a good husband? Is he a father? Will he be back home for Thanksgiving? Is he a criminal? Is he a Christian? Is he a Christ hater? Is he a Christian persecutor?
Regardless of who he is I felt convicted to pray for him. 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 says:
” 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.”
When Paul wrote these words to Timothy there is one thing we need to keep in mind. Christians were the persecuted minority. They were tortured, beat, and bullied. “Kings and all who are in high positions” were a part of that. They would make laws prohibiting Christians. They would not step in and defend Christians against persecution. So, it is easy to see why Paul would exhort Timothy to encourage prayer for everyone. It doesn’t matter who they are. What they have done. We are to pray for them anyway.
It didn’t matter if the person in that ambulance was the meanest Christian persecutor in history…I was called to pray for him.