First Of All
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority . . . . — 1 TIMOTHY 2:1,2
When we follow the directions in God’s Word and put first things first, we get results. This is especially true in regard to Scripture. If we follow the directions and put first things first, we can expect to receive from God the things He has provided for us.
“First of all” means first of all.
But also notice that along with supplications, along with prayers, along with intercessions, the Word inserts, “giving of thanks.”
Lest we misunderstand exactly who he is talking about, Paul goes on to tell us exactly who these “all men” are. “Kings” would include presidents, rulers, and other leaders of nations. “All that are in authority” would include state, county, and city leaders, etc.
If we as Christians want to please God, who will we place as number one on our prayer and thanksgiving list? Ourselves? Our children? Our grandchildren? Our church? No. If we want to please God, we will have to do exactly as God said to do. We will have to pray and offer thanks first of all for all who are in authority.
Confession: Thank You, Lord, for our president. Thank You for all who are in authority.
Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 1988 RHEMA Bible Church AKA Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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