Paul wants Timothy to emphasize certain things in his work in Ephesus. “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”(1 Tim 2:1-2). Christians need to be a people of prayer, especially praying for those who are in authority over us. The specific request—“that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way”—stresses that God intends his people to change the world from the ground up. As we live in this transformed way, our request is simply that government leave us alone to obey God unhindered.
But this seems to influence the reception the gospel will receive as well. “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 Tim 2:3-4). God wants all people to be saved. This is his will. But Paul implies a connection between government allowing us the freedom to serve God peacefully and quietly and people coming to know the truth. When government allows us, it is easier to call on others to live that “peaceful and quiet life” God calls us to. We can pray confidently for our freedom, knowing that God wills for all people to be saved.
These statements of God’s desire are invaluable. They give us a clue to God’s heart and utmost desire. They help us to pray confidently, knowing that we are on the same page with God. But they also help us to transform our desires so that they are in tune with God. God wants all people to be saved; do I?
------------- One Thing to Think About: How often do I pray for our leaders to allow us to live peaceful and quiet lives?
One Thing to Pray For: Open doors to help others “come to the knowledge of the truth”