Praying Beyond the Immediate Me
1 Timothy 2:1-6
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.
Pray for all People
- 1 Timothy 2:1
- −praying for an extreme need or destitute situation
- −a seeking, asking, or earnest request of God
- any communication addressed to God
- meeting with
- an interview, a coming together
- to visit, converse, conversation
- Giving of Thanks
- the giving of thanks for God’s blessings, with a focus on the individual
Pray for All Leaders
- 1 Timothy 2:2
- We must pray for “all that are in authority” whether we like them or not—whether they are godly or not.
- We must also pray for those who are ‘spiritual’ authorities.
- 1 Thess 5:25 – “Brothers, pray for us.”
- 2 Thess 3:1 – “Finally, brothers, pray for us…”
- Romans 15:30 – “… join me in my struggle by praying for me.”
- Ephesians 6:19 – “Pray also for me…”
- Colossians 4:3 – “And pray for us, too…”
- Why is it so important to pray for spiritual leaders?
Power of Prayer Partners
- Exodus 17
- The point of this event…
- The people are only able to fully experience victory as their leader holds his hands up in prayer for them.
- Leaders must be sustained through the prayers of their people.
- “We have a striking picture of the preacher’s need for prayer, and of what a people’s prayers can do for him.”
- “My people pray for me.” Charles Spurgeon
- “They just have a spirit of travail in prayer.” Charles Finney