“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,” 1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)
Reading Paul’s letters it’s abundantly clear that prayer is a priority.
But what’s astonishing here is that it’s not some selfish, self-serving, self-seeking petition for his perceived wants and needs.
Instead, his concern is “first” and foremost for others.
And not just his family and friends. But for all people.
What a challenge!
To not think of ourselves before others: friend and enemy alike.
To care about their salvation, their very real need for “the knowledge of the truth”. (1 Timothy 2:4)
prayer : that all people may be challenged by the Holy Spirit to seek the one true God, repent of their sins and believe, so they may be saved
action : pray for others more regularly