Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth - I Timothy 2:1-5
How do you feel when a plane crashes, just like the Ethiopian Airline Carrier Boeing 737 that crashed a few hours ago on its way from Addis Ababa to Kenya? Do you feel for the families of the deceased? How do you feel when terrorists attack a community and wipe out everyone like you commonly find in North Eastern Nigeria? Do you always yearn for God to be merciful to everyone, especially those directly involved? Have you taken out time to think about the pains of the many new widows, widowers, and fatherless and motherless? You would agree with me that those are tragic experiences.
The world is a global village and we are all citizens of the world, linked together by the Spirit God. What touches one touch all. We have responsibilities toward making sure that the world is fit for our habitation. Caring for one another irrespective of Nationalities, Faith and Creed was Jesus’s delight, hence the Master taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Paul is also saying to us this morning to pray for all men! Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that not only that your neighbor is good and fine, you also have a global responsibility to ensure that everyone in the world is fine and good! Therefore, you must join in the struggle to reduce all man-made risk and calamities capable of endangering life in our world, especially human lives and nature. Nature has to be kept evergreen so we can eat and breathe pure air. Without that, the world may go into extinction. Today’s word says you must henceforth pray for the whole world; the travelers, the sick, the leadership of the world, schools, Armed forces, All government Agencies and the whole world in general. If the world is safe, then you are safe. It is right to pray for a city and its residents whose lives have been ripped apart by a catastrophe, manmade or natural. God is moved when He sees us moved by the pain and suffering occurring around us, and not just that affecting our immediate circle of family and friends. If your neighbor and all humans are good and fine, then you are also good and fine. Your prayers and meditation for the whole world bounce back at you a million fold, much more effective than praying for yourself. Your true power over negativity and adverse situations is in your prayers for the WHOLE WORLD and not for yourself in particular. This is because every prayer you say comes back to you a million fold. If you pray for one million people, one million people’s prayer will come back to you. If you pray for one billion people, one billion people’s prayer will come back to you, and so on. Your prayers for others will go ahead of you to right every wrong for you, your family and your generations! It is a sacrifice that does not fail. God demonstrated this when He sacrificed Jesus for the sins of the whole world. God did not sacrifice Jesus for Israel alone, BUT for the whole world.