Pray for Every One

 

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Are you ever faced with an angry family member who says he is going to beat someone to a pulp? You can correct him or her and remind them that it isn’t right to be angry or you could ask, “Did you know that Paul in the Bible told Timothy to pray for everyone and to give thanks for them to God?” Most likely the person ready to hit someone right in the face won’t like the idea of praying for him. But you have opened an important topic.

Most of us know it is difficult to continue to be mad at someone we are praying for and thanking God for, but not everyone in our family especially the little ones will understand this. Don’t just say don’t be mad at anyone but bring God and God’s Word into the picture. Even if you don’t get an immediate positive response, have faith that God will start working on their heart.

You might get a response such as, now why would I want to do that? Paul put the answer right there in 1 Timothy. He wrote “This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” If you are talking to a small child, you might just say because it will make God happy. For an older child, you might say let’s look in the Bible and see what Paul said. Be patient. Don’t fight with them over how disrespectful they are. Just get God and the Bible’s words into their mind. Don’t forget to pray for them, too. Never leave God out.

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