Since we are living in a world where there is much chaos and turmoil; it seems no matter where you turn in society; then, we need to know how to live a quiet and peaceable life in this world. We hear the words of Paul the apostle to the young pastor Timothy…
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (KJV)
Timothy was in Ephesus at this time, in a new church, and dealing with a lot of immorality, and sin in the Church. When we look at the Scriptures concerning the early Church they too had to deal with the sin issues of their day. So how does Paul tell Timothy to deal with the many issues?
The first thing he mentions is prayer, and matters which go with prayer – supplication, intercessions, giving thanks to God. The second thing is that we pray for all people who are in places of authority – pastors, presidents, kings, and for the quiet and peaceable life of others.
It is summed up to be so for a life of godliness, and honesty.
The final sentence of the verses tells us that praying for leaders in authority is “good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior”. It also tells us that He desires to have all men saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. He has made it possible for even the most wicked and vile individual to come to Him in faith. He has paid the price for all sin; no matter how bad, how vile or how wicked; Christ Jesus died on the cross for our sin, was buried and He rose again the third day, and forever live; not just a spirit, but the Man Christ Jesus is alive in heaven, seated with the Father at His right hand. He is the Mediator between God and men. He is the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).