One of the things that should characterize followers of Jesus is we should be people of prayer. As I read in the notes for verse 1 in a Study Bible, “Paul calls for all sorts of prayer for all sorts of people.” Verse 2 then focuses our attention on those in authority over us. Those two verses offer us a great way to pray today and really every day. We should be praying for our government leaders and our neighbors. Part of the reason for that is that we can live a particular lifestyle. I suppose you could describe it as a life that is shaped by and reflects well on the Gospel. I suggest that because verses 3 and 4 tell us that praying like that pleases God who desires people to be saved.
As we heed God’s call to pray, it seems to create significant movement in life both for our good and His glory. Our prayers contribute in some way to our lives being peaceful and quiet. They also have a connection to God’s desire for salvation. In praying for others, we are reminding ourselves that God is the One alone who can move in situations and lives. In being reminded of that truth, it seems that Paul’s words are hinting that we might then also be moved to share the Gospel with people God desires to be saved.
Many Christian voices have been stating the need for a revival in our nation. I would love to see that revival happen. These verses suggest to me that such a revival or renewing might start with us praying as verses 1 and 2 suggest. As that becomes more and more true of God’s people, we may also find a deeper level of conviction and confidence in sharing the Good News. That combination is worthy of our attention today and each day going forward. A helpful way to pray in alignment with verses 1 and 2 would be to join the Central Prayer Time that takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7. Please consider coming on Wednesdays.