1 Timothy 2:1 NLT I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

We are called to pray for everyone. It didn’t say only pray for the people you like or know. It said pray for everyone.

It’s easy to pray for the people we know and love, but there are others who are hurting and needing prayer. We should pray for the leaders in our country (mayors, governors, and the president). Pray for law enforcement officers to be safe and to make good decisions. Pray for the homeless. Pray for your boss who keeps taking their anger out on others. Whoever God puts in our spirit, we should pray for them.

James 5:16 says, the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it works. It not only works in our lives, but in the lives of others. So, pray for those close to you and for those you’ll never meet. We, the believers, are called to pray.