06.30.21 | All Those in Authority

In today’s BREAD reading from 1 Timothy 2, Paul writes:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

During today’s fasting and prayer focus, start by writing a short list of 2-10 people who are “kings” or “in authority” to pray, petition, intercede, and give thanks for them.

As you look at the list you have created, you might know exactly how you want to pray to God for them. However, you might not yet know why God has put some of these names on your heart. If you are able, reach out to them, and ask if there is anything specific you can pray for. If you are unable to contact someone, intercede for them, praying something like,“God, I bring [name of person] before you. How would you like me to pray for this person?”

Take time to listen for what God might be saying. As a way to test what you hear, ask yourself if what you hear is condemning or encouraging. Ask yourself if scripture supports what you hear. We know God does not condemn (John 3:17), but instead He builds people up.

As always, we encourage you to practice what you are learning with a brother or sister in your community.  This week, consider joining together to pray for the people on your lists of “kings and all those in authority.”

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