I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Paul urges Timothy in this epistle, that first of all, prayer be placed in high regards for those who are in Christ. Paul knew that the church that prayed, would be the church that could stay the course and see Christ’s vision for heaven on earth come to pass.
There is something about a praying people that touches the very heart of God. It is in the place of prayer where God’s nature begins to supersede our nature, and the Christ within us comes forth. We see this principle demonstrated in the story of the Transfiguration.
“About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John, and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.” – Luke 9:28-29
It was in this place of prayer that Jesus received the revelation and strength needed to carry out His assignment on Earth. So it is in our lives, as we make time to pray, allowing God’s face to shine upon us, we will see great success in our communities.
Paul understood that the very act of praying to the Lord produced the fruit of godliness and holiness in people’s lives. It is in godliness, holiness, and absolute surrender to the will of God that we find our place of rest and authority. Christ said it this way:
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” – Matthew 5:5
Those who are dependent on The Lord, surrendering their will in prayer, and lifting up intercession for those in their sphere of influence, will begin to see God has given them an assurance of change, not only in themselves but also in those for whom they labor over.
Prayer must be put back at the top of our christian priority if we want to see the results that we have dreamed in our hearts. It cannot be left to the certain few in leadership, but must be a momentum that builds from within the corporate body and is carried over in power, to affect our communities. Do not neglect the greatest responsibility and privilege given to you and I.