TEXT: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
Christians in America today are rightly concerned about the direction of our nation. This is not strange. Believers of all ages have had to wrestle with societies that seem to be moving further and further away from God. The worst of those societies, such as that of Medieval Europe, moved into paganism, idolatry, and permissive sin under the supposed auspices of “the Church.” However, the Christians of yesteryear knew something that Christians in America today seem to have forgotten: godliness in public society can only be regained by inner spiritual transformation, not outward social reform. As we sit in the first quarter of what will be yet another long and rancorous national election season, Christians of both political persuasions are already gearing up to throw their time, money, and labor into work that they believe will bring godliness and Christian influence back to public policy and public life in America. However, if we are to make America godly again, we must operate by a different playbook — a playbook that is given to us in this passage from First Timothy — not the playbook of politics, but the playbook of prayer.
So, that is what we are going to talk about for the next few weeks. But, first, let’s look at some background information regarding Paul’s letter to Timothy and this passage in particular.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe provides us with the following description of Timothy and his relationship with the Apostle Paul: “Timothy was a young man who responded to Christ’s call to help build His church. He was one of the Apostle Paul’s special assistants. Along with Titus, Timothy tackled some of the tough assignments in the churches that Paul had founded. Timothy was brought up in a religious home and had been led to faith in Christ by Paul himself. This explains why Paul called Timothy ‘my own son in the faith.’ Timothy was born of mixed parentage: his mother was a Jewess, his father a Greek. He was so devoted to Christ that his local church leaders recommended him to Paul, and Paul added him to his missionary staff. Paul often reminded Timothy that he was chosen for this ministry. Timothy was faithful to the Lord and had a deep concern for God’s people.
“But in spite of his calling, his close association with Paul, and his spiritual gifts, Timothy was easily discouraged. The last time Paul had been with Timothy, he had encouraged him to stay on at Ephesus and finish his work. Apparently Timothy had physical problems as well as periods of discouragement; and you get the impression that some of the church members were not giving their pastor the proper respect as God’s servant.
“Ephesus would not be the easiest place to pastor a church. The city was devoted to the worship of Diana, the patroness of the sexual instinct. Her lascivious images helped promote sexual immorality of all kinds. Paul had done a great work in Ephesus during his three-year ministry, so ‘all they which dwelt in [the province of] Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus.’ It was not easy for Timothy to follow a man like Paul! Of course, Satan had his workers in the city; for wherever there are spiritual opportunities there are also satanic obstacles.
“Paul wrote the letter we call 1 Timothy to encourage Timothy, to explain how a local church should be managed, and to enforce his own authority as a servant of God.”
America, the country once described as a “shining city on a hill,” is much like the city of Ephesus today. Sexual immorality has grown rampant and has infected the church. Satan is at work in the church and the world. In fact, Satan might be busier in the church than he is in the world. Many pastors, like Timothy, are growing weary and discouraged. Those who preach the whole counsel of God are pushed to the side in favor of speakers who will tickle people’s ears and make them feel good. With the church in the state that it is in, it is easy to see why so many Christians are discourage by the state the country is in. But their is a solution to the ills of our society; that solution starts with prayer.
Margaret Cagle wrote:
Devout Christians sailed from Europe
To worship God freely in a new land.
As they started various colonies here,
They were led by God’s divine hand.
God blessed this humble new nation
As leaders sought to follow His plan,
And the citizens wanted each leader
To be a wise, Godly Christian man.
Over the decades our dear nation
From almighty God has gone astray.
In our schools, Bibles aren’t welcome,
And it is against the rules to pray.
How can a great nation so abundantly
Blessed so much by God’s great love
Seem to forget about honoring God,
Who is still on His throne above?
America, please do not forget God.
This could bring a great downfall.
Let us repent and turn back to Him.
Upon His holy name, let us call.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.