Chapter Two, Lesson One
ACCEPTABLE PRAYER Page
Read Passage (V.1-4)
V. 1 ** With so many Satanically inspired challenges present within
the Ephesian church, what is the first thing that Paul calls his son in
the faith to do?
He calls him to pray!
** Was this a cold-hearted command for stoic prayer?
No, Paul said, I urge you to pray. He knows that the answer
to their problems begins with a heartfelt pray life.
** We will take a close look at the three different forms of prayer
included in Pauls instruction, but first;
for whom are we to be praying? Do you see the answer at the end of verse
...on behalf of all men... To set things in order, there
in the Ephesian church, Paul wants Timothy and the Ephesian believers
to return to their former evangelistic pattern of prayer. This opening
section of chapter two is polemical in nature; its design was to confront
a problem of exclusivism which had grown to dangerous proportions within
** Alright then, lets take that closer look at the three forms
of prayer for which Paul is urging us to become more involved with each
day. What three words does he use for prayer?
entreaties (deesis) - the root meaning is to lack,
to be deprived, or to be without something.
This type of prayer arises from a sense of need. When a Christian looks
upon the masses of lost humanity, the enormity of the need should drive
us to our knees in evangelistic prayer. cf. 1Timothy 5:5
prayers (proseuche) - is a general word for prayer.
It is used in Scripture only when in reference to God. It carries with
it a unique element of worship and reverence. Prayer for the lost is
directed at God as an act of worship, because the salvation of sinners
causes them to give glory to Him. cf. 2Corinthians 4:15
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