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.
David Jeremiah said, “There is a moral and spiritual war for the souls of Americans. And this war must be waged by preaching the Gospel, prayer, and obedience to God’s Word.”
Throughout this mini-series, we have discussed prayer as the key for the transformation of a society that has wandered from God. It is our job as believers to pray for all people and all government leaders if we want to lead peaceful lives in this country. And the primary thing that we should pray for is not political victories and cultural transformation, but that every individual would come to know God through Jesus Christ. As Paul moves on from this particular topic in his epistle to Timothy, he summarizes all that he has said before in verse 8: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
When reading Scripture, we usually assume that where our English Bibles say “men” we are to understand all of humanity. But the Greek word Paul uses in verse 8 is specifically referring to Christians of the male gender, which Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck point out in their commentary: “Paul stated definitely that ‘men’ should pray in the local assembly. Both men and women prayed in the early church, but the emphasis here is on the men. It is common to find women’s prayer meetings, but not often do we find men’s prayer meetings. If the men do not pray, the local church will not have dedicated leaders to oversee its ministry.”
The commentators go on to say (in reference to all people praying): “It was customary for Jewish men to pray with their arms extended and their hands open to heaven. Our traditional posture of bowing the head, folding the hands, and closing the eyes is nowhere found or commanded in Scripture. Actually, there are many prayer postures found in the Bible: standing with outstretched hands; kneeling; standing; sitting; bowing the head; lifting the eyes; falling on the ground, etc. The important thing is not the posture of the body but the posture of the heart.
“Paul stated three essentials for effective prayer, and the first was HOLY HANDS. Obviously this means a holy life. ‘Clean hands’ was symbolic of a blameless life. If we have sin in our lives, we cannot pray and expect God to answer.
“‘WITHOUT WRATH’ is the second essential, and requires that we be on good terms with one another. ‘Without anger’ might be a better translation. A person who is constantly having trouble with other believers, who is a troublemaker rather than a peacemaker, cannot pray and get answers from God.
“‘DOUBTING’ suggests that we must pray in faith [and we ought to do that indeed], but the Greek word really means ‘disputing.’ When we have anger in the heart, we often have open disagreements with others. Christians should learn to disagree without being disagreeable. We should ‘do all things without murmurings and disputings.’
“Effective praying, then, demands that I be in a right relationship with God and with my fellow believers. Jesus taught the same truth. If we spent more time preparing to pray and getting our hearts right before God, our prayers would be more effective.”
If we in the church spent more of our time and effort in getting on praying ground, we would see more of our prayers answered, revival in the church, and lasting positive change in America. Indeed, if we want to see America made godly again, we the church must be made godly again first.
Siegfried A. Mahlmann wrote:
God bless our native land;
Firm may she ever stand
Through storm and night:
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
O God, our country save
By your great might.
For her our prayers shall rise
To God above the skies;
On him we wait.
Lord, you are ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye.
To you aloud we cry,
God save the state!
Not for this land alone,
But be God’s mercies shown
From shore to shore;
And may the nations see
That all should neighbors be,
And form one family
The wide world o’er.
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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.