THE PRIORITY IN CHURCH AFFAIRS
I Timothy 2:1-8
January 19, 1992
INTRODUCTION: The practice of prayer cannot be forced by an
outward command but must be prompted by an inner conviction of
its need. In I Tim. 2:1, Paul says that prayer is to "be made"
which shows that this is to be the habitual, repeated practice
of the church. Prayer, in all of its aspects, the Apostle urges
upon the church as a standing duty.
"Much prayer, much power! No prayer, no power!" According to
Acts 6:4, prayer was as much a part of the apostolic ministry as
preaching the Word. When a local church ceases to depend on
prayer, God ceases to bless its ministry."
I. THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER. v.1a
A. THE PLEA
"exhort" - beg; beseech; entreat;
B. THE PRIORITY.
"first of all" - the words mark not
a priority of time, but of dignity.
II. THE PETITIONS OF PRAYER. v.1b
Coming from a verb meaning "to lack,"
it signifies prayer which
springs from a sense of need.
Speaks of a heart-felt reverence
To fall in with; to draw near with
and converse confidently with him.
It suggests that we enjoy fellowship
with God so that we have confidence
in Him as we pray.
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