Praying Beyond the Immediate Me – Sermon 3

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
  • Supplications
    • −praying for an extreme need or destitute situation
    • −a seeking, asking, or earnest request of God
  • Prayers
    • any communication addressed to God
  • Intercessions
    • 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…
  • FIRST
    • The people are only able to fully experience victory as their leader holds his hands up in prayer for them.
  • SECOND
    • 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.”
    E.M. Bounds
  • “My people pray for me.” Charles Spurgeon
  • “They just have a spirit of travail   in prayer.” Charles Finney

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