Praying for Authorities
1 Tim. 2:1, 2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
Paul admonishes the young pastor Timothy to exercise four specific kinds of prayers for those in “all men”; including in particular those in authority. Each of those prayers are topics in and of themselves, they do however have collective benefits for the saint of God.
Among them are quiet lives, literally tranquil lives; lives that are hassle free, unencumbered from harassment from civil government. Secondly, settled lives secure in covenant relationship with God and one another.
Samuel uttered a phrase that ought to be a mantra of believers in every land, “God forbid that we sin in ceasing to pray” for our civil government officials. Prayer can turn heads, hands and hearts toward plans of God – but we must pray!