1 Timothy 2
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Pray for the Unsaved
How often do you pray for the unsaved? How often does your church pray for specific unsaved people? When we understand this chapter, we will understand the expectations for our prayer lives, individually and corporately. In today’s reading Paul makes it clear that we as Christians, ought to make prayer for the unsaved a very high priority. Paul used the words first of all in verse one to indicate this. He gave several reasons in this section to pray for the unsaved. First, praying for the unsaved is the right thing to do. Second, God desires for all to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. Third, we should pray for the unsaved because it is consistent with what God has called us to do. The reason we are still here on the earth is to be able to reach the world with the message of Christ. There is only one way to receive salvation and it is our responsibility to share this message. It is clear from this passage that we, as individuals and as specific groups of believers, ought to be praying for specific unsaved people. If you are not praying like this now, why not begin today? Ask God to give you a burden for the lost and a desire to share.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?