In our study of 1 Timothy chapter two, we compare the Old Testament worship at the temple to the freedom that we have in Christ to be the temple.
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. " NIV translation
Paul refers back to chapter 1 and the fact that some had rejected the authority that had been granted to Timothy by God.
Paul urges us to pray for everyone especially those that have been put in places of authority. That is even more appropriate to us today in that it seems that there is a general lack of respect for our spiritual and political leaders. We often forget that they would not be in their positions if God did not want them there. Christians spend so much time arguing about politics and even bashing some leaders but it is very rare that we see a call to prayer for those same leaders.
"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth." NIV translation
It pleases God when, by faith, we do not argue over the leadership but instead take them to God in prayer. We must remember that God's goal is for everyone to be saved through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Arguments, name calling, and such things will not accomplish this goal but a peaceful attitude of prayer can make a big impact.
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men - the testimony given in its proper time." NIV translation
Even though we may not like some people or their actions, we must remember that Jesus died for them as well as for us. The same Jesus that speaks to the Father on our behalf also speaks for them. This understanding will help us to live peaceful as Paul described.
"And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle - I am telling the truth, I am not lying - and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles." NIV translation
Paul, speaks here of the freedom that is given not only to the Jews but also to the Gentiles. Although it was hard for the Jews of that time to accept, God wants all men to be saved. The "true faith" that he talks about was that we are all saved by grace and not by works.