Sunday, January 21, 2007

1 Timothy 2:1-2

1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

These passages highlight the importance Paul is placing on prayer. He is urging Timothy to pray for everyone and specifically government officials. What is the motivation for this prayer? Is it so all will be blessed to live prosperous and comfortable lives? No, it is so there will be a peaceful and quiet environment where the Ephesians can live godly and holy lives. Not to live lives of leisure, but rather to live lives devoted to God. Should the prayers be for the comfort of man or for the glory of God? It is for the glory of God that Paul is encouraging Timothy to pray. It is too easy to fall into the rut of praying self-focused prayers rather than God-focused prayers. The desire of our hearts needs to be the glory of God. Our prayers need to be directed to this same end. Resist the lure to primarily engage in self-focused prayer and turn your prayer focus heavenward. This doesn’t mean that you will not lift up personal needs. We are instructed in Philipians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

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