“First of all I urge that supplications, prayer, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people.” 1 Timothy 2;1
Sometimes God’s Word is a little grey and sometimes it is flat out black-and-white. This verse leaves no room for opinion, ALL PEOPLE need prayer, intercession and to be appreciated. Not just the people who always obey the law. Not just the people who don’t live on the streets. Not just the people who aren’t begging for money. ALL PEOPLE. God is able to save all people and we must approach everyone as a life that was created in the image of God, by God and for His purpose and glory. No one is beyond His reach and no one is better than another.
In Hebrews 7:25 we see a verse that says, “he is able to save to the uttermost”. The uttermost! The farthest corners of the outermost places, God saves. If God is saving to the uttermost, then we need to be praying to the uttermost. When you walk down the street and feel annoyed by the person getting in your way and asking for money…pray for him/her. When you are walking through the mall and you see a group of teenagers being loud and a little obnoxious…pray for them. When you read a news story of someone who has done something absolutely horrible to another person…pray for them. You are urged to pray for these people because we all need God. These people are not excluded from God’s love and salvation.
Next time someone does something that makes you cringe or feel disgusted, pray for them. Thank God because you know that He has a purpose for their life and ask God to shine. This won’t be easy but it will be valuable for your heart towards humanity.
Walk in the love, grace, peace and mercy of God.