1 Timothy 2:1,2 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Knowing Your Place In Line
When I was a kid, I always knew my place while waiting to be picked for the neighborhood football game – near the end. I wasn’t the biggest boy on the block nor the most athletic. So, I knew I wasn’t going to be picked first.
Standing in line for lunch in kindergarten, I knew where I should stand. The teachers lined us up – shortest in the front, tallest in the back. I was either first or second in line.
In my graduating class of 500 plus, I knew about how long it would take for me to walk the line to receive my diploma – too long. But being in the H’s made me feel a little better than S’s or Z’s.
Kings Have It Good
Paul, instructing and directing Timothy in leading the church in Ephesus, tells him that one of his priorities is prayer. Prayer not only for the men and women of the church (1 Timothy 2:8,9), but prayer for those in authority. He says in 1 Timothy 2:1,2 – “…first of all, requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority…”
Why should he (we) pray for those in authority like kings? I mean, kings have it good. They have thrones and servants. They are treated with respect and honor. They would never get picked last for neighborhood football or have to think about waiting in line for anything.
God’s Beauty Though Our Unity
Some men and church leaders love to use the latter part of 1 Timothy 2 as a way to teach the subservience of women. 1 Timothy 2:11,12 – A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. But instead, the focus should be on how there is and should be order in everything. Order shows God’s beauty through our unity.
And Paul teaches that one of the first ways to show His beauty through our unity, is in the order of our prayer life.
Submissive or Subversive?
Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
How can we be subject or submissive when we are subversive? When we pray for those in authority over us like kings, presidents, public servants, policemen, bosses, etc, we show that we submit to the order that God has put into place. It also pleases God (1 Timothy 2:3). When we pray for God’s hand and blessing upon those in authority over us, we are in turn praying for God’s hand and blessing upon us.
Who Should You Be Praying For Today?
I’m still not the biggest boy nor the most athletic. I would still get picked last. But I know my place.
There are those in authority over me that I must pray for. It’s not a suggestion nor is it a directive based on feelings.
Who should you be praying for today?