May 15, 2024

Paulina De La Fuente
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. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
1 Timothy 2:1-6

More and more, I’m learning that my plans and strategies are usually so different from God’s. As we look at God’s Kingdom priorities, we can see in these verses how God wants us to begin in prayer for others, starting with our leaders. There’s a habit there that is difficult to implement consistently and yet one that has a quick and profound impact on our own hearts and others’ lives as we intercede for them. Our aim? To live in peace! For others to also be saved and know the truth that gives true peace — individually and in our communities, cities, state, country, and world. To live out godliness and holiness — qualities that are usually quiet and seen not for their volume or showiness but through their fruit.

So, Lord, we pause in this moment to pray. We pray for our leaders and the way You have individually put them in places of authority for this season. We ask for You to meet each of their needs and give them the strength they need to endure. For those who don’t already know You, we ask for them to have eyes to see and ears to hear as You reveal Your truth to them. For those that do, we ask for Your guidance on how to be light in the darkness and witnesses of Your truth. We trust You above all else and pray this in Your Name, Jesus.