1 Timothy 2: Instructions Concerning Prayer

by Bob Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Reading: 1 Timothy 2

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men-the testimony given in its proper time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6)

Reflecting and Thinking
This chapter guides Timothy's work with and instruction to the church. The last half of the chapter contains some things difficult to interpret, with the result that too often the reading and study of the chapter misses the significance of the first half of the chapter. The chapter begins with a focus on prayer: the church's prayers should concern all people (2:1-2), God's desire for salvation concerns all people (2:3-4), Christ's death concerns all people (2:5-6), and so the church's proclamation must concern all people (2:7).

To what extent do your prayers concern all people? How often do you pray to God for the salvation of the world? What do you make of the idea that it is good to live godly and holy lives, but that it is not enough?

Thank you, Jesus, for our mediation, your willingness to be our ransom, and for your great love for all human beings. Help me today to develop that same love for all people, beginning with those I meet today. Help me know how to pray for them, how to speak and how to act. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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