The First Duty of the Church: Prayer

Sunday Morning, October 2, 2016
 
1 Timothy 2:1-8 KJV ~ “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 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. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
 
Pray for ALL men. Not a single person is to be omitted or left out. We are to pray for all persons:
  • high and the low
  • educated and uneducated
  • important and unimportant
  • rich and poor
  • leader and followers
  • old and young
  • friend and enemy
 
Ever person needs prayer; ever person needs God.
  • His salvation
  • His care
  • His direction
  • His approval
  • His acceptance
 
These verses is an exhortation to pray, which means both an encouragement and a charge to pray.
 
There are four types of prayers mentioned:
  • Supplication ~ this prayer focuses upon special needs – deep and intense needs (Salvation)
  • Prayers ~ this is the special times of prayer that we set aside for devotion and worship
  • Intercessions ~ bold praying; standing before God in behalf of another person with expectation
  • Thanksgiving ~ thank God for hearing and answering – thank Him for what He has done and is going to do for all men.
 
Verse 8 tells us that we must pray everywhere and in the right spirit.
 
Matthew 5:23-24 KJV ~ “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
 
Verse 8 tells us that we must pray without doubting.
 
Mark 11:24 KJV ~ “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}