Friends, I’m headed out for a men’s retreat this weekend, and today’s post will be short as I get on the road. I’ll be out of touch until Monday. I covet your prayers for all the pilgrims this weekend, that they might come and return safely and be refreshed by the fellowship and worship. God bless you all richly as well.

Our scripture this morning is 1 Timothy 2:1-6.

First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior, since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time.

Paul sends encouragement and a request for prayer to his pupil Timothy “on behalf of all people”. He reminds us that “prayer for all is welcomed before God our Savior, since he wants all people to be saved”. Christ’s commandment to love one another includes praying for people we may not agree with or even like, but they are God’s children too and deserve our prayers. Through our prayer and outreach others can become aware of the love God has for them and the call He places on our lives. May we pray for each other and share His love with everyone.

Loving Lord, we ask Your blessing on all Your children everywhere. Help us to share our faith and Your love with the world. Amen.

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