Guard the Deposit: A Study in 1 Timothy
from Thomas Road Church
What does it say?
Paul provided instructions concerning the importance of praying for authorities and the role of men and women in corporate worship.
What does it mean?
Four different prayer words show up in this chapter’s first verse. A mature prayer life is multi-faceted, not focusing on personal requests alone. Praying for others is not only a privilege but also the responsibility of every Christian. Paul stressed the importance of giving thanks to God for ruling authorities and making intercession on their behalf. The attitude of the person praying is as important as what is said; anger and disputes have no place in a praying heart. True worship takes place in the hearts of believers whose lives are correctly aligned with God’s Word.
How should I respond?
Most of us are quick to pray for someone when there’s a crisis or urgent need, but we get so caught up in our own lives that praying for leaders and people in authority can be easily overlooked. How have you prayed this week for someone who has a place of authority over you? Write down the names of people who make decisions affecting you and your family. Begin to faithfully pray for them by name. It’s difficult to have hard feelings toward someone you’re praying for, even when you disagree with that person’s opinions or politics.