Vs. 1, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone…” As Christians it is our duty not only to be in the Word, but to also ensure that prayer is a vital part of our lives. But Paul even gets more specific with us regarding prayer…we are to pray for our Kings (President) and all of those in authority above us. I don’t know about you, but this isn’t always the easist thing to do. Yet, there is a powerful precedent for us to pray for our leaders becauses it simply pleases God. Sometimes we have good leaders and sometimes we have bad ones, but God desires all of them to be saved. Additionally….there are benefits of leaders who fear God vs. those who live pagan lives. Regarding women…the Gospel opened up so many opportunities for women, but this new found opportunity brought some of the women to disrespect authority, but don’t think that the men were not at fault either. The aspect of submission is not to degrade or look down…it is a picture of how all of us should submit to our Lord. We are all submitted to God.
Regarding application…Surrender. Vs. 8, “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” One of the things with prayer is that it helps to remind us all that we can’t live this life alone. Both public and private prayer help us to surrender to God…the lifting of hands signifies this gesture of surrender. Our mediator (Jesus) gives us that direct access to God when we surrender our lives in the word & prayer. I’ve been thinking of the small amount of hymns I know these days and I remembered “I Surrender All”, where the lyrics state, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give.” This is quite a convicting statement and I realize in my own life that I must surrender not only all that I call mine…but also God’s will in my life. For over a decade, I knew exactly where God wanted me as a Youth Director at GKUMC. Surrending to God isn’t just at the salvation moment, or choosing the right college, choosing the right career, spouse, friends, etc. It’s a journey of surrendering our lives daily to our Lord. May we know God’s will and direction as our lives unfolds with His word & prayer.