Week 37, Day 2
September 13, 2022
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, 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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and human beings, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:1–6)
It is important that we understand our place in the wider world. What is it that Christians are called towards? It is a conviction that I have slowly developed over time that I believe we are called to be priests for the benefit of others. That is to say, that we would be a people who petition God on behalf of others. We are his witnesses, spokespeople and image-bearers in the world. We offer people help and encouragement through our advocacy, prayer, encouragement and offer them kindness.
As Paul says here, we aim to live a peaceful and quite life in godliness and holiness. One of these prayers is a prayer for the leaders, for kings is that we may actually live a peaceful life.
The churches relationship to the political world has been beleaguered at best. But here is a simple, and important encouragement to be a people who live at peace in the world. One of the ways we do that is through a posture of prayer.
Our aim is for a life of peace and godliness.
Hopefully, through this faithful witness and peaceful life, it will also lead to many people coming to know Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Let us pray, care for and love our community well. Let us offer prayers and petitions on the behalf of many, that all would come to know Christ.
Then we will truly have peace!
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.