Christ Jesus – a ransom for all people

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-10

Consider: It has probably not escaped your notice that the United Kingdom crowned Charles III as king on 6th May 2023.  If you had the opportunity to watch the ceremony  from Westminster Abbey, you will have noticed reference being made to Jesus Christ, as supreme King (King of kings) over all mankind.  In the promises made by Charles, he pledged to serve his nation and people faithfully, to submit to God’s rule and to uphold Christian principles in his life and witness.  The ceremony also recognised that it would be impossible to keep these promises without the Holy Spirit guiding him.

Today’s reading from Paul’s first letter to Timothy is opportune as it advises that prayers should be: ‘… made for all people – for kings and all those in authority …’ (1 Timothy 2:1-2).  As a Christian you are not asked to pray only if you are a monarchist.  What Paul suggests should be taken seriously by all Christians, from all nations and all cultures.

As Charles III starts his reign, let us pray that he would have the conviction to honour God through fulfilling his coronation vows, that along with earthly advisors he will seek God’s guidance in prayer and be willing to submit to his guidance.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people (1 Timothy 2:5-6a).

Pray: Father, we pray for Charles III that in all matters secular and spiritual, he will seek your guidance and willingly submit to your authority.  May his reign be one where you are honoured and glorified.  Amen

Every blessing

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