Special request: A prayer for political leaders to be just and Church leaders to be holy.
St. Paul, you taught, strengthened and encouraged Timothy by word and example. You formed him into an effective leader and servant of the Church. Your wisdom was an indispensable aid to him as you supported him in his vocation. You reminded him of his primary duty to be a person of prayer. His prayer was not only to be for the flock he tended but for all of humanity and especially the leaders and those in authority in this world. Only through such a life of prayer can we hope to experience the peace we all long for. St. Paul, pray with us for the political leaders whose power and responsibility is so great. Pray for the diplomats so that they can find ways to resolve conflict without war. Pray for the leaders of democracies so that they can act in the long term interest of their people rather then think only of short term political gain. Pray for the dictators of the world so their hearts of stone will be softened and they will learn how to share power with their people and pave the way for more humane ways of organizing society. We pray with you, St. Paul, that theocracies may allow minority religions to exist in peace and have authentic freedom to worship and speech. We pray that political leaders will fight corruption, check crime, and provide genuine security for their lands. We understand that a stable just society is the responsibility of every person and ultimately must be supported by a sense of justice that is truly Godly and life affirming. You reminded Timothy that the love of money is the root of so much evil in the world (1 Tim 6:10) and you urged those who were wealthy to use their riches to perform good deeds (1 Tim 6:12-19). St. Paul, help us use our influence and resources well and wisely. However, often we do not have the temptations that come from having excessive wealth but are struggling to just get by from day to day. Aid us in our struggles so we will not succumb to temptation and despair. St. Paul, pray to the Lord to send into our midst religious sisters and brothers, deacons, priests and bishops who like Timothy will be above reproach, temperate, sensible, peaceful, gentle, sober, sound in doctrine and humble (1 Tim 3:1-6). Pray with us St. Paul, that our Church may truly be holy and our civil society truly just. Amen.
Some scholars affirm that the letter to Timothy was written after Paul’s death and is not authentically Pauline. Others however believe that it was written between the writing of One and Two Corinthians. The intent of the letter is clear. The author wanted to strengthen the Church in its structure and its charity and this was something that St. Paul always strove to do.
St. Paul’s Prayers and Thoughts:
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “First of all I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all men – for the kings and all those in positions of authority—that we may lead a peaceful quiet life, holy and respectable in every way.”