I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
Paul told his protégé, Timothy, that before he did anything else, he should pray for all men. Paul specifically mentioned the importance of praying for kings and all that are in authority. Now, some people are upset when they are asked to pray for leaders that they don’t agree with. They somehow think that Paul couldn’t possibly mean that we should pray for those we disagree with politically. However, think about the leaders and government authority in Paul’s day. They severely persecuted and killed Christians. Paul didn't say to not pray for them. On the contrary, he said it was vital to pray for them.
Paul explained why our prayers could make such a difference. He wrote that we, who are now saved, have one mediator between God and man: Christ Jesus. Let’s talk about what it means to be a mediator. We recently had a strike at General Motors in Detroit that, as usual, involved a disagreement between management and labor. When it came time to talk, the federal government sent in a mediator. The mediator’s job was not to be someone who took sides. Their job was to represent both parties and come to an agreement between them.
Jesus takes our prayers before God and represents both God and us together to make a perfect agreement. Jesus is our perfect mediator because He is 100% man and 100% God.
Practical Application – Pray for those in authority at your job, in your government and your church. Understand that Jesus is the great mediator who brings your prayers before God.
Isaiah 9:6; 1 John 4:2