Pray for all people!1 Timothy 2:1b
Yes, that includes our enemies, the people we find detestable, those we don’t understand, who are unkind, and even the ones who hate us.
That’s hard, isn’t it?
It’s easy to pray for the people we love and care about but those other people . . . not so much.
I know it’s easy for me to give them brain time but prayer time . . . that’s a struggle.
You’ve heard many speak about the power of prayer but Rev and I have a friend who used to remind us…
The power is not in the prayer but in the One to whom we pray.
And the One to whom we pray…
Wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.1 Timothy 2:4
What truth is that?
There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.1 Timothy 2:5–6
The truth is we are all people separated from God by sin. We need a Savior—we need Jesus.
The Life Application Bible Notes add:
Only one person in the universe is our Mediator and can stand between us and God and bring us together again—Jesus, who is both God and man. Jesus’ sacrifice brought new life to all people.
Think about it for a minute.
- God loved us even when we were sinful and opposed to Him.
- Jesus came to suffer and die for us to make it possible for us to be reconciled to God.
- And now He prays for us. He talks to God about you and about me.
And by His grace, we are being transformed by love.
Which may be the very reason you and I are called to pray for “all people.” Those we love and yes, those we don’t. Because it’s possible that God will use His Love and our prayers to change our hearts about them and maybe, just maybe . . . their hearts may change as well.
A Prayer for an Open Heart to Pray for All People with God’s Love
Father, please forgive me. It’s so easy to pray for those I love and care about but I know I fail to faithfully pray for those I don’t. You love faithfully. You loved me before I knew and loved You. You love me when I fail to trust and obey Your will. You love me and want what is best for me.
And You ask me to model Your love before others . . . to faithfully pray like Jesus, to give and serve with love, to care with kindness and compassion, to show everyone the power of Your love to change lives.
Please help me love others with the love You give. Help me lift everyone up in prayer. Help me “intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them.” (2 Timothy 2:1b) Help me share Your love and do my very best to live a “quiet and peaceful life full of worship and respect for God.” (2 Timothy 2:2b NCV) You want everyone to be saved and know the truth about Your love . . . about Jesus. Please help me live each day in prayer. Help me love even when it’s hard. Help me share Your life-giving truth.
I love you, Lord. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for changing my life and giving me hope. I surrender my life to You and ask that by Your grace and with Your help, I might live each day for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!Matthew 5:44
Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.Luke 6:28
I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that on my own. My sinful nature pushes back just thinking about it. But the One who is working in me and changing my heart makes all things possible . . . even help me pray for those who persecute, curse, and hurt me.
He makes it possible for you and me to love our enemies. He is able to change the world . . . by changing hearts, minds, and lives through the love of Christ.
On today’s note write:
With God’s help, I will pray for all people . . . those I love and those I don’t.
May God bless you today and give you everything you need to love like Jesus.
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