February 14, 2023 – 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 – A Command and Desire

Today we’ll look at 1 Timothy 2: 1-4:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is right and acceptable before God our Savior, 4 who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Paul continues his teaching of Timothy in this passage, and today’s passage gives us an important command and an important desire. 

First, the command.  Pray for everyone.  For kings, leaders, and all people.  I take this command seriously, every time I pray in church, I make sure to pray for our leaders, local, state, and federal. Those who lead need our prayers, and right here, we are commanded by scripture to pray for them. 

Paul says we do this to live a peaceful life.  

Why?  Well, here’s the reason. God desires for everyone to be saved.  Everyone. You’ll never meet a person that God does not love; you’ll never meet a person Jesus didn’t die for. God wished for all to be saved.  

Our lives are that witness for that desire. How we live, how we love, how we pray, and who we are will be an example and a witness for that desire of God.  God wants everyone to be saved.  He wants everyone to know Jesus.  He wants everyone to have that peace that flows from a relationship with Jesus. 

That’s what God desires.  

That should be our desire as well.  

May we have that save heart for the lost, for all people that God does.  We pray for people, we live quiet, good lives to set that example.  So others can see grace in us and desire to know Jesus. 

And desire to be saved. As God desires for them to know Him. May we live in a way that helps that to happen. 

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