I Timothy 2:1 reads “ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men . . . .” I was studying the “Lord’s Prayer” with a class recently, and we were breaking down the elements of the model. It should not be a surprise that the example Jesus gave His disciples has the elements expressed in the letter to Timothy, plus adoration to the Father as well.
9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread. 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] )Matthew 6).
In it God is praised, petition for the coming of the Kingdom is made, intercession for forgiveness is made, confession that we do debt is confirmed, and personal appeal for forgiveness is present.
Paul calls on Timothy to make this a regular act, praying not just for “mine and thine” but for leaders, rulers, and in fact “for all men.” Via prayer we might have peace (vs 2), but this is not a selfish exhortation. Ultimately verse 3 says it all – “3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
Pray for all people today, that they may come to the knowledge of the truth. What could be better?