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PRAY FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

As people of God, we need to pray for people from all walks of life. We cannot pick and choose whom we will pray for. Our prayers ought to be for people of all ethnicities, faiths and for that matter, even our enemies. We must pray for people who do not look, think or act like us. This is a mandate, not an option. I would argue strongly that far too many of us would pray only for a small group of people. The Word of God is clear that we are called upon to pray for one another. Our scriptural reference found in I Timothy 2:1:

 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.”

Paul takes for granted that every church would be a worshiping fellowship. He recognizes true worship is what God desires. Paul’s admonish is that prayers of intercession and thanksgiving pertains to all people. The text says men in this case, but it is referencing all people. He urges and appeals to the people that they pray with thanksgiving. Paul wants them to live a meaningful and peaceful life. God is concerned with all His people throughout the world. All prayers reach His heavenly throne. Intercessory prayer is a supreme affirmation of our Christian faith. Remember, pray for all humanity. God is calling upon us to do that!

I Timothy 2:1 (NIV)