We changed our Sunday morning program to include a community prayer. I had been wanting to modify our Sunday program for the last year and could not figure out what to drop or what to add to make it better.
Three weeks ago I decided to remove the opening Scripture reading with a prayer for our community and the last two weeks after implementation, our Sunday morning service has felt quite a bit better, at least on my end.
This morning, while getting some additional time in the Word, I was moving past both Timothy’s towards the Peters. However, the non-biblical addition above 1 Tim 2 caught my eye. The ESV committee labeled this chapter, “Pray for All People.” I stopped thumbing my way towards the Peters and decided to read this chapter in 1 Timothy first, before heading to the Peters.
What joy the Bible brought my heart as I read:
- “First of all…supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…” Yes, this is exactly what the program shift was designed to capture!
- “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly, and dignified in every way.” Yes, we are praying for peace so we can worship God in a dignified manner.
- “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling..” Yes, we should pray without anger or quarreling.
Our community, neighbors, and even kings need prayers for salvation in Jesus and the peace to pursue God in a righteous manner, absent endless wars and wasteful plundering. Now I am off to read the Peters.