1 Timothy 2:1-6 - I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
Timothy knew what it was to live in a great city. He was leading the church in Ephesus, one of the most important cities in Western Asian Minor. The city was a major trade hub, a spiritual centre of idol worship, and the home of one of the most important library’s in the ancient world. The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy urging him to pray and give thanks for the authorities, for the city, and to pray for peace.
As we pray today for Leeds and Bradford, we do so with a thankful heart. These cities are great cities. God has made us for such a time as this and planted our feet in these cities in order to see him at work here and to bring his kingdom here. Take a moment to thank God for the place where you live.
We also pray for peace. Pray for the church to stand as peace-bearers in a difficult and turbulent time. Pray for those who are marginalised. Pray for those who are oppressed and rejected. Pray for those who would seek to cause harm. Pray for peace.
And pray for our councils. For the chambers and the councillors, the CEO’s and the mayors. Pray for the staff and clerks, the PA’s and the admin assistants. Pray for the city. Be thankful for the city.
Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, morning at 6.30am at The Oak as we pray together for our workplaces and friends. You can come for 5 minutes on your way to work or the full hour.