Read: 1 Timothy 2:3-4
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The prayers we were thinking of last time are dear to God. He delights in our intercessions for all people and for leaders. He celebrates the blessed effects that flow from them. He is on the side of peace, godliness, and dignity. Our asking for such mercies enters the stream of his kingdom purpose. He finds it “good and . . . pleasing.”
Next follows a further beautiful glimpse into God’s heart. He “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” And because our prayers and labors serve those great ends, God loves to hear and answer them. This must have thrilled Timothy’s heart. It surely thrills mine.
It strengthens in me the conviction that no prayer which the Spirit moves us to pray for an unbelieving person will ever be in vain. We’re tuning in to God’s heart. As the Lord said through the prophet Ezekiel, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live” (Ezek. 18:32). When our hearts are attuned to his, we know we’re asking for what he delights to give. As we weep and pray for lost loved ones, let’s remember the words of Bishop Ambrose to Monica, young Augustine’s praying mother: “It is impossible that a child of such tears should be lost.” —Bill Brownson
As you pray, remember the people in your life who need Jesus, and remember that your prayers will never be in vain.