FIRST THINGS FIRST
How do you feel when you think you really have a good prayer life and are pleasing the Lord, and all of a sudden you find that the (first) thing He wants you to do ... you very rarely do ... Sometimes not for months on end.. And never first. I was looking at 1 Timothy. 2:1-4 and there it was staring me in the face. Let's read it together.
1 Tim.1-4, 1. I urge you then, first of all, that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - 2. for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness and holiness. 3. This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4. who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth.
Verse 1 says, I urge you then, (first) of all, that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone Now that's not too bad. I do some of that because I pray for a lot of people on the internet. But I do not pray for everyone. And I should. Even the unsaved. Just think if we all prayed for everyone that was unsaved. I just wonder how many would turn to Jesus? I was reading in one of Brother Hagin's books where a Church in Oklahoma had a Sunday school class of 135 people. A few of the men and women started praying for everyone in town and in two years they had to build a new building and were averaging 400 in Sunday school. If you are like me, we're falling far short.
Now look at verse 2. This is still some of the first things we are to do when we start to pray. 2. for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness and holiness. Now be honest, when was the last time you prayed for some of the people we have in office. Yes, we have some good ones. But let's face it some of them are not just bad they are anti-Christian. Are we suppose to pray for them? God says yes. I purposely do not pray for some of them hoping they will mess up and get kicked out. Then why would God want us to pray for them? Let's look at verse 3 and 4.
3. This is good and pleases God our Savior, Why should this be so good? Verse 4 tells us. 4. who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. Well yes we know God wants this. What does praying for these people have to do with that? Very simple let's go back and look at the last part of verse 2, that we may live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness and holiness. Does that make sense? Yes! Because when we can live a peaceful life we can save more souls for Christ. When our Churches are not under persecution, and we are free to see people and tell about our Savior we are then able to do what God wants done on earth and do it under the most advantages conditions.
So what He is telling us is that if we pray for these people. Even if they are bad. God is going to honor our prayers and make these people let us live peacefully so we can do His work. Even if that is not what they want to do.
Let's look at something. Ever sense World War Two we have been going to Hell in a hurry. Why??? Because we have been wanting everything for us. It's been what can I get. More money, more time off, more toys, more, more, more ... And when we do pray what do we want?? More health, more money, me, me, me. We do not care who is in office, So long as things get better. If he lies, well we all do that. If he has no morals, well no ones perfect. We even condone selling secrets to our enemy. You know that could be good for trade. So we have let our government run amuck. And now we say well it's so far gone how are we ever going to get it back? Through prayer!!!!!!! Look what has happened since the Columbine High School shooting.. One girl said she loved Jesus and was shot because of it. And people woke up. A bill was just passed in Congress to let us put the Ten Commandments back up in schools. Kansas, has just changed the curriculum in the public schools. So they will no longer teach evolution, but teach that life comes from a Higher Spiritual Deity.
So if you were like me you were not putting God's word first. He has a order that we should pray in. And He has a reason that we should do it that way. And it is very simple that ... NOT OUR WILL, BUT HIS WILL BE DONE.
Amen, Ferd Sebastian