In this week’s sermon we talked about the importance of prayer. Specifically the role prayer plays in reaching the 8 to 15 people God has place in our lives. If you didn’t listen to last weeks sermon on “One Mission” that would be a good place to start. In that message we talked about how God has put 8 to 15 people in our lives for us to be Christ to.
Today, as we look at 1 Timothy chapter 2, we see Paul telling Timothy to pray on behalf of all people. As we learned, the specific group of people Paul is urging Timothy to pray for are the ones who have been led astray in some way. So, we discover the importance of prayer in reaching our 8 to 15.
First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, 2 even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior, 4 since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle—I am telling the truth; I am not lying—and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8 So I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or dispute.