This [prayer] 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 (1 Ti 2:3–4).
We were created to worship.
God’s desire is for “all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” Christianity is a call to be true worshippers of God, through faith in “God, our Savior.” Our prayers must match God’s desires.
God’s pleasure is the measure of all true worship.
We all want to be happy and enjoy the pleasures of life, and God, in His kindness, gives us all things to enjoy! But we must take care not to think that our happiness is the purpose of our existence. Our objective is to bring God glory by fulfilling his mission. And the key to fulfilling God’s mission is prayer.
God gives His people the responsibility to pray for the salvation of “all people.” In some way that I don’t fully understand, God links the reality of their entrance into heaven with our obedience to pray for their salvation! When we pray for the salvation of specific people, we share in God’s purpose and mission!
God has intimately linked the salvation of lost people to the prayers of the saints. The breadth of God’s concern for the salvation of the lost must govern the breadth of our praying.
Will you ask God to burden your heart for specific people who are lost and begin today to pray for their salvation?
Live for the pleasure of God today! Share the gospel, pray for the lost!