Tag: 1st Timothy 2

Prayer is a priority!

Scripture reading for September 26th:  1st Timothy 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Timothy 2:1-6  “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.  This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  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.”  

Paul urged Timothy to make prayer a priority.  Jesus taught that God’s house should be a house of prayer for all people.  Paul expanded on Christ’s instructions to urge prayer especially for kings and those in authority.  God places people in positions of authority with the purpose of punishing the evil-doers and protecting and commending the righteous.  When authority does it’s rightful job, believers can live quiet lives and promote the gospel without hindrances from law-breakers and those opposed to God.  Jesus Christ is our High Priest who has interceded for all men on the Cross and now prays for them exalted to God’s right hand!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are men and women of prayer who prioritize prayer for people in authority in the home, church and government.  “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the name of the Lord, and to worship Him. . . .these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer.  Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar, for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  (Isaiah 56:6-7)

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Become a man of prayer!

Scripture reading for September 25th:  1st Timothy 2

“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.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  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.”  (1st Timothy 2:1-6)

Pastors (and all believers) must base their ministry upon prayer!   Praying for those in authority is a priority.  At the time of Paul’s writing, he was in prison under Nero, a very wicked Roman emperor.   We must pray for leaders, whether good or evil!  This is because we desire a quiet and godly life and freedom to share the Gospel with all men.   God wants all men, even the evil and wicked, to be saved.  This was Jesus’ mission and the reason for His sacrifice on the cross.

Jesus’ present ministry is one of prayer as well.  He is the only Mediator between between God and man.  He is presently seated on the throne of Heaven at the Father’s right hand.  (Hebrews 4:14-16)  Pastors must build their ministry on prayer for all men in order to please God and obey Christ.  Only through Christ can sinners be drawn to Christ (John 6:65) and laborers sent into His harvest field.  (Luke 10:2)

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”  (1st Timothy 2:8)  All believers must become people of prayer.  A right relationship with others keeps the line open with the Father!  Let’s go for it!

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