“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men. Therefore I want the men in every place to pray” (1 Timothy 2:1,8).

Paul’s urging is a sweeping summary statement of a prayer life pleasing to God–all kinds of prayers, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (v.3). In other words, when the “amen” is finally proclaimed, the only opinion that matters is God’s.

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