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A verse from the First letter of Paul to Timothy

First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.

What are these different types of prayers?

We say a prayer of supplication on many occasions. It’s part of the Lord’s Prayer. “Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses. Supplication is based on faith, and it is the act of asking for something holy, and in the right way. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know how to ask.

Christian prayer is the act of communication with God, through which we discover His will, Truth, love, and how we can serve Him. It is not a way to present God with an ultimatum, or an offer He can’t refuse.

Intercessory prayers are said during the Eucharist, and other times, Those are prayers for other people, or things beyond ourselves, such as creation.

Thanksgivings should be fairly obvious. Those are prayers of gratitude to God for what He has done for us and others. Examples are thanksgiving for childbirth, or a successful medical procedure, or a safe arrival.

In the current political situation, Paul’s focus on kings and all who are in high positions is particularly timely. Perhaps a prayer for deliverance is in order.