“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1–4 ESV)

Sometimes it is difficult to pray for someone. Sometimes we would rather the person just disappear. For them to not be around anymore at all. That they just are gone.

This, though, is not a healthy or good way to be. Yes, if someone is harmful to be around then we need not be around them. But, we should pray for them.

Paul wrote that prayers, supplications, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for all people and all those in high positions. He wrote this while his nation, and practically the known world then, was under the tyranny of the Roman empire. He told them to be praying for the emperor because our savior and God desire all men to be saved.

So, if someone has harmed you or if someone is doing harmful things, we pray for them. If they are doing good things, we pray for them. If you cannot stand them, we pray for them. We do not curse or speak in a vitriolic manner but in supplications, intercessions, and thanksgiving because they are still alive and can believe in Jesus for eternal life.

As we go about our day today let us keep this thought in mind. Let us pray when angered. Let us pray when we see a person in authority we do not like or believe should be there. But let those prayers be in supplications, intercessions, and thanksgiving not cursing and bitter thoughts.

Remember, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.” (Prov. 15:1-2)

Let us today be wise and not foolish. Let us today turn away wrath and not stir up anger. Let us pray for all regardless of how we feel.

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