My question is, are we doing this?
‘First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. This is good and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth.(GNT) 1 Timothy 2: 1-4
There are 3 parts to these verses: a) an urge to pray b) the result of prayer c) why we should pray for those in authority.
The first part is the ‘urge’ to pray: ‘I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God’. An urge means to try earnestly or to persuade someone, persistently. So, what are we urged to do?
- To petition: to ask for something earnestly and frequently, or to humbly beg. Usually, this is towards someone with a higher authority.
- To pray: to make a devout or earnest request to a higher authority, in this case, our Almighty God who is over and above all things.
- To request: to ask on behalf of someone, often in mercy.
- Give thanks: to express gratitude, appreciation or acknowledgement.
Have you noticed that these words are all verbs – i.e. they require action and are not passive. But, our words are to be offered and given to God, not to be demanded from him.
So, let’s consider our response to this and engage in prayer, particularly for HM Queen Elizabeth and British Royal Family.
‘I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.’ 1 Timothy 2:1
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-12
Father God, I know you want me to pray for all men, but today I ask that you would be specifically with HM Queen Elizabeth and the British Royal family in this new year 2017. Be with each one, as you know each one so well.
I petition you to give the Royal Family wisdom from heaven for the days ahead, in all their movements around the country and world, communicating with diverse groups of people and nations. O how they need this.
I pray that you would strengthen them for the position you have put them in. When they don’t know what to write in a speech, or how to manage trying situations with the media, be the strength of their heart.
I ask, with a humble heart, that you would give them your heart and love for the people around them. Show them what links and patronages to support and relinquish. Give them your encouraging words to say to the people they engage with people on the streets.
I thank you for their hard work and dedication to the responsibilities you have given them. I thank you for their strong sense of responsibility and duty for our nation and many around the world too.
In Jesus’ name, I ask.