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  • Writer's pictureEli Schnell

Purposeful Prayers

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Beginning with 1 Timothy 2:1, Paul wrote concerning prayer, saying:

"First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

In this section, Christians are instructed to pray for all, especially those who govern. God’s purpose, expressed through Paul’s writing, is for us to continue spreading the gospel unhindered by unjust authorities.

Although 2022 is not a presidential election year, it is a year when the government requests our input concerning matters of importance to our state and nation. Christians should be praying for the leaders who are currently in office and those who may soon take their place. Those prayers should include special requests to God for our continued peace and tranquility, that we may continue spreading the gospel without hindrance.

While we cast votes for and against various propositions, let us not lose sight of our purpose here. We are here to draw all people to God through the message of Jesus, the Savior of all humankind. Our votes should be an extension of our faith in God, and our prayers should be for peace and tranquility to persist in our state and nation. God desires that every person be saved through Jesus, and the gospel is the message they need to hear to understand how.

For this purpose, Paul says, “I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension” (1 Timothy 2:8). As you consider your vote and pray for our leaders, take care to remain holy in your lifestyle. Do not engage in a rebellion over politics. Remain a servant of God who is going about the work of your Lord.

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