“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Our world is a very loud place, full of shouting, struggling and unhappiness. Paul’s instructions are quite a contrast to the world of the 21st century!
As Christians, we need not immerse ourselves in the noise around us, for we can take refuge in Christ. Consider what Paul is telling us to do here: Pray for everyone. Notice that he doesn’t tell us to just go to God with everything that we want. Instead, he is telling us to pray for everyone else.
It is truly amazing how much the noise dies down when we put others first. Is the world you live in getting too loud? Pray for everyone! This goes a bit further than just praying for folks, it gets down to the heart of things in fact. If we are putting others first, both in prayer and in practice, we will be living quiet lives in godliness and holiness… in other words, we will be living as Jesus would have us to live.