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1Timothy, Chapter Two, Lesson One

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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 Paul’s instruction, but first;
for whom are we to be praying? Do you see the answer at the end of verse one?

“...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 the church.

** Alright then, let’s 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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