Approaching God's Throne
Paul’s instruction to Timothy about approaching God’s throne has not been given as a remedial exercise against structures of authority but clearly states that it is for all men. It has been given to reign over the relationships we have with others, even those we may not know personally.
Supplications suggest pleading our case, letting the Father know how our lives are impacted by others, whether they are governmental leaders or not. Prayers suggest calling upon the unique power of God to intervene in situations according to His will and glory. And whereas supplication suggests pleading our case before God, intercession suggests that we plead the case of others before the throne. Giving of thanks reflects a heart that is genuinely grateful.
There is a high and lofty reason why God tells us to pray for others and for those in authority:
…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and
reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our
Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:2b-4).
God wanted Timothy to lead others in prayer. Together, they could be part of God’s plan to bring about peaceful living and freedom of Christian expression which opens doors for others to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. Timothy was like John the Baptist making straight paths in the wilderness, filling in the valleys, smoothing down the rough places through which the Lord would arrive.
When you lead others to pray for all men with whom we have to do, you lead an army of others who on their knees are silently preparing the way of the Lord so that the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it (Isaiah 40:5a).
And so the famine of the hearing of the word of the Lord shall become a feast of souls added to the Kingdom. Preparation. Prayer. Those in authority. All men.
By Steve Cartin
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