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1Timothy, Chapter Two, Lesson One

ACCEPTABLE PRAYER            Page 3
V. 1 (cont’d.)

petitions (enteuxis) - This word only appears here and in 1Timothy 4:5. It comes from a root word meaning “to fall in with someone” or to get involved with them. The verb from which enteuxis derives is used to speak of both Christ’s and the Spirit’s intercession for us.
cf. Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:26

This term not only describes advocacy, but also an expression of empathy, sympathy, compassion and involvement. Evangelistic prayer is not cold, detached, or impersonal. Understanding the depths of their misery and pain, we should cry out to God for the salvation of sinners.

** What forth element does Paul add to our pattern for prayer on behalf of the lost?

Thanksgivings” - Our prayers should be with a spirit of gratitude to God that the gospel offer has been extended to the whole world and that by His grace we have been privileged to reach some with God’s saving truth. cf. Romans 11:13-14, 1Corinthians 9:22

V. 2 ** Paul has said that we should be praying on behalf of all men. Before we look at his specific example here in verse two, how does God feel about us praying for the salvation of all men?

God desires all men to be saved.
cf. 1Timothy 2:4
God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
cf. Ezekiel 33:11
God commands all men to repent.
cf. Acts 17:30
God offers His grace for salvation to all men.
cf. Titus 2:11

** So, here in our passage, to what group does Paul specifically refer as a target of our evangelistic
prayers?

We are to pray “for kings and all who are in authority”.

** Who was the king for these Ephesian believers?

Nero! Although he was a vile persecutor of the faith, they were to pray for his redemption. Paul did not instruct them to pray for his removal or for some governmental reform, merely for God to meet his need.

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