HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO ENGAGE IN THANKSGIVING
I TIMOTHY 2: 1 - 4
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JESUS CHRIST paused at the grave of His dear friend Lazarus and
in essence prayed, "Father, I thank you for the death of My dear
Talking to God the Father is therapeutic. With this in mind, one
who walked closely with the Lord exhorted his young colleague
and, through his inspired writing, us, to make it a practice to
talk to the Lord. Four types of such engagement with the Lord
I. WHAT WE ARE TO DO
A. SUPPLICATIONS (I Timothy 2: 1a)
This means to recognize a need and ask God to meet it. It
arises from a sense of inadequacy and inability to meet a need.
It is a request made of God to meet the need.
B. PRAYERS (I Timothy 2: 1b)
This word means to draw near to God and pour our heart out to
Him. It is a general term for worship of the God whose name is
C. INTERCESSIONS (I Timothy 2: 1c)
The word was used to refer to the authority to enter into the
King's presence and submit a petition on someone's behalf.
It reveals we have personal access to God and personal
confidence we will be received and heard.
D. THANKSGIVING (I Timothy 2: 1d)
This is an expression of gratitude not only for blessings
bestowed and prayers answered, but for the very privilege of
praying. It is the spirit in which all prayer should be offered
and life lived.
1. PEOPLE OFTEN FAIL TO GIVE THANKS
Jesus told of t ...
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