I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks.
Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity.
This is good and pleases God our Savior,
for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus.
He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message that God gave to the world at the proper time.
And I have been chosen -- this is the absolute truth -- as a preacher and apostle to teach the Gentiles about faith and truth.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)