1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
The Apostle Paul wrote these instructions to Christians to pray for the Kings and all who were in authority during the rein of the Roman Emperor Nero, who persecuted Christians severally. Nero’s persecution was incredibly cruel with many being publicly killed and eaten by wild animals and many being covered with wax and lit on fire. Paul had just been released from prison, and would soon be arrested and martyred by Nero.
Proverbs says that “the heart of the king is in God’s hand like water, and He can turn it wherever He wants”. In the Old Testament book of Daniel, Nebacadnnezer was a wicked, prideful King but God worked in him and changed him through the prayers of Daniel. It is a very fascinating story of God’s sovereign and unique working in people’s lives.
I always want to do things God’s way, and not allow the world to control my attitude or my behavior. God does bless those who obey him.