1 Timothy 2:1-8

Twentieth_Century(i) 1 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be offered for every one, 2 especially for kings and all who are in high positions, in order that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in a deeply religious and reverent spirit. 3 This will be good and acceptable in the eyes of God, our Savior, 4 whose will is that every one should be saved, and attain to a full knowledge of the Truth. 5 There is but one God, and one mediator between God and men--the man, Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom on behalf of all men. This must be our testimony, as opportunities present themselves; 7 and it was for this that I was myself appointed a Herald and an Apostle (I am telling the simple truth and no lie)--a Teacher of the Gentiles in the Faith and Truth. 8 My desire, then, is that it should be the custom everywhere for the men to lead the prayers, with hands reverently uplifted, avoiding heated controversy.