I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. (1 Timothy 2:1, NIV)

What does this mean?

Petition-an appeal or request to a higher authority or being

Prayer-a spoken or unspoken address to God. It may express praise, thanksgiving, confession, or a request for something such as help or somebody's well-being.

Intercession-the action of pleading on somebody's behalf 

Thanksgiving-a prayer that offers thanks to God

If someone really upsets you, the most wonderful thing you can do is pray for them. Before you know it, your negative feelings disappear and you will even feel kindly toward the person you previously spoke so vehemently about.

Of course you will also be obeying God.

Prayer- Father God, your ideas rock our socks. How can praying for someone bring us to caring for them? We don’t understand but we have experienced the truth of it. Thank you Lord for taking us from mean mouthing into Grace! In Christ. Amen.

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