prayers be made for all people

“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

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