First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Just think about how it was for God’s people before Jesus. Once a year the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifice and prayers for the people. No one else was allowed in the presence of God. The rest of the year the priests would make the sacrifices for the people. You chose what to offer for the sacrifice but only the priests could make the actual sacrifice. The ordinary person had someone between them and God. The only exceptions were God’s prophets and others God chose to communicate to directly.
No more. We no longer have a priestly class between us and God. We can go directly to God with our prayers. With Jesus’ death on the cross the curtain between us and the Holy of Holies was torn apart. We now have direct access. Jesus is the only priest we need. Now God does not limit access to Him to a certain peoples of a class or tribe. God wishes that all come to him, no one is excluded unless they exclude themselves.
Sometimes we forget how radical Christianity was in the first century. Paul urges Timothy to pray for all people. This was a novel concept. People prayed to God and their gods for themselves, for family and maybe for their tribe or people but praying for strangers that was not done. Christians were from the start exhorted to pray for others. Pray for our leaders, pray for the unbeliever and pray for our enemy. We are to pray without ceasing.
We have been granted a great gift, direct access to God. No need for priests or any other intermediary. It is a shame to let this gift go to waste.
Have a blessed day,