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“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

Paul wrote these words to his son Timothy as we would give pointers to our sons, “Son, this is how you succeed in life – this is how you have a better life.” And, he’s telling him to be thorough as he prays for those in authority. Make some requests on their behalf, pray for God to guide them and protect them, intercede, or stand in the gap on their behalf, and, what may be the hardest part, thank God for them.

Jonah struggled with that part when God sent him to Nineveh. Nineveh was pretty bad, and Jonah wanted to see them destroyed. He felt that the earth would be better off without them on it and sometimes we feel the same way about some people. When we feel that way making requests, prayer, intercession and thanksgiving is not what we want to do, but it’s what God wants us to do. God, our Savior, wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

After some divine encouragement, Jonah did go to Nineveh. His message was simple, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned” (Jonah 3:4). The Ninevites believed him and their king proclaimed a city wide fast and repentance. The Bible says that “when God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened” (Jonah 3:10).

Making requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for those in authority and even for people we don’t like has a reward. “That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” And, isn’t that what we want after all? Don’t we want to be able to live and raise our kids in an atmosphere void of wickedness? Then, let’s rid the earth of evil by making requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving for everyone especially for those in authority.

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