I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.
Each passage of scripture we select for our daily reading is always laden with additional spiritual application beyond what we focus on for the reading and in my prophetic prospective for that day’s reading. This is true in today’s reading as well.
We are exhorted to pray in our key verse and we are told how to pray. I’ll look at this in a moment. Please notice the next verse in our expanded reading, verse 2. The focus of our prayers is to be our political, governmental leaders. We are to pray for them first, before the pastor, the missionary, and the evangelist. In other words, pray for the “minister in the government” before the “minister in the church”.
Let me get back to the “how to’s” of prayer found in verse 1. “Supplications” are mentioned first in the different aspects of prayer. This is specifically asking for something to happen. Then there are the “prayers”. These are prayers that are offered on a 24/7 basis, it’s praying without ceasing, I Thessalonians 5:17.
“Intercessions” are prayers we offer to God and are on the behalf of someone who needs to have their name or situation mentioned before the throne of God. The last-mentioned type of prayer, “giving of thanks”, should actually be the first prayer offered up to God. We must thank Him before we present our petitions to Him.
Notice again, who we are to pray for first. We are to pray for the kings and all those who are in authority first. These would be political, governmental officials that direct human government in the direction God wants it to go. Remember, God brought human government into existence, Genesis 9:6.
God will use human government, governmental leaders, Revelation 17:17, to accomplish His will and set the world stage for the final drama to play out. In essence, we’re talking about God’s “prophetic plan” will unfold as He uses human government to direct the world towards the end times.
Therefore, we are to first, pray for those who have the authority. He is preparing this world for the return of His Son and all that follows, as foretold in Bible prophecy.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Help me to remember my priority in my prayer life.