Prayer and Nation Building: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
1) First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2) for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3) This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1-4, 6‬
I cannot emphasize strong enough the importance of praying for the salvation of kings and those in authority from this text. Paul was praying for their salvation and the resulting change on their administration of secular affairs.
According to Acts 9:15-16, Paul was to have a significant ministry to this mission field. The balance of the Book of Acts shows that he shared the gospel with many magistrates, governors and people in government.
Actually, Daniel in the Old Testament is the best example of this powerful principle. His prayer life was exemplary. So was his influence on kings and political leaders. From Nebuchadnezzar to Darius, Daniel influenced kings and changed the course of nations through prayer. They turned to God and granted extraordinary favor to Gods people.
Prayer, evangelism and influencing nations go hand in hand. That is the inescapable conclusion of 1 Timothy 2:1-8. God desires lost people in positions of authority and influence to be saved and then grant favor to believers. That’s how we come to lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
I cannot imagine the influence the church could have on secular leaders, towns, cities, states and nations if the church would take this Scripture seriously. Prayer is the fuel that drives Gods work in our lives and the world.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global