Daily Devotional

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For 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.” 1 Timothy 2:1-24

Some passages just give me a sense of feeling cared for and completely loved. This is one of them. I think because the thought of peace and quiet is such a beautiful expression and conjures up feelings of contentment within my inmost soul. So what is it about this passage that extends such a hope? It exhorts me to FIRST OF ALL direct my prayers of request, interceding and thankfulness towards OTHERS, towards KINGS AND THOSE WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY. They aren’t supposed to be for me and mine, but for others. The result of this is the promise of a quiet and peaceable life. I sometimes wonder how less I would have to say if I wasn’t able to use the word “I” at all in a single day. Wouldn’t that be a challenge? I used it 5 times in just that last sentence! I would be much more quiet and I bet my day would be more peaceable.

Jesus says that this quiet and peaceable life is good and acceptable to him. The direction of prayer for others pleases Him. It is a beautiful gift we can give Him because it is His desire that all men be saved. So by praying for others (and it seems especially those in authority) will lead them to Jesus and allow my life to be full of peace and quiet. “…but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:4 Lord Jesus, reveal Yourself to those in leadership around us. Let them see and feel your presence today. Show them your glory and bring them to a knowledge of Your truth!(No “I,” only Jesus ❤)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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