“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.” ‒ 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)
A few years ago, my takeaway from one of William’s sermons was “God loves everybody, so should I.” I thought, “Oh, good one! After all, I love my family, my friends, my co-workers. Piece o’ cake—I’m just full of love!” But then a driver cut me off on my way home from church, and I saw a social media post that afternoon that I didn’t agree with (what was she thinking?!?), and Monday was full of, well, Monday kinds of irritations.
That’s when it hit me. Everybody means EVERYBODY. And part of loving is praying for ALL people, no matter their political party, ideology, whatever—whether they love me (or even like me), agree with me, hurt my feelings, or don’t even know I exist.
“Bless your heart” is something you hear a lot where I’m from, but meanings differ, depending on your tone (go ahead, I’ll wait while you Google it). I love saying it (the nice way, of course), but I don’t think it will work for the “thanksgiving for all people” part of my prayer.
So, I’m working on making intercession and thanksgiving for everybody a part of my prayers. Want to join me?
- Cheryl Collins