Archive for December 18th, 2017

1 Timothy 2

1 Timothy 2 has Paul making sure to put priority where it belongs – on prayer. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people”.  He lists four categories of prayer:

  • Supplication – which is simply asking for something
  • Prayers – broad communication with God
  • Intercessions – requests we make for others
  • Thanksgivings – gratitude for what God has done

Prayer is a broad area, and Paul asks us to pray for all people.

The Navigators built upon this passage with others in scripture to create “The Prayer Hand” which expands the areas of prayer to five:

A – adoration or praise of God

C – confession of our sin

T – thanksgiving for what He has done

S – supplication – asking for things we want or need

I – intercession for others

Prayer is a significant discipline for one who desires to walk well with Christ.  These five areas can be a guide to use in regular prayer.

Paul goes on to remind us who to pray for in addition to ‘all people’.  We are to pray for “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way”.  We are to pray for our leaders.  He doesn’t say to pray if they are from the right political party.  It isn’t based on whether we like them or not, or voted for them in the last election.  It isn’t about what they think or say.  Prayer for leaders is part of our responsibility as Christ Followers.  God is in control of all things, our role is to pray.  The benefits are amazing – peaceful, quiet, godly and dignified life.  Not a bad trade off for some prayer!

Paul makes it clear that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”.  God wants everyone to know His Son Jesus Christ.  Why?  “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man and Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all”.  It’s pretty clear – Jesus is the only One who can help us bridge the gap between our sin and God’s forgiveness.  Without Him, we’re toast.  We don’t have a chance of living up to God’s standards on our own.  We will be judged and sent away from God, never to enter heaven. Jesus is the only answer to our sin problem.  Do you have a saving relationship with Him?

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