AN EXHORTATION TO PRAYER
By Floyd Baker
"I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men" (I Timothy 2:1). We are living in a world today that is constantly in a state of turmoil and shows no signs of getting any better. No doubt but that in Paul's day, the people looked at things in much the same way; and yet the apostle exhorts them to prayer. Certainly our nation today and our leadership is in need of prayer. Because of our President's stand and actions there have been some who have stated, "I have a hard time praying for our President." Our prayers are to be focused on the Word of God and the will of God, "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour" (v. 3).
We note in our context that there is no one beyond the scope of God's grace and provision through Christ, "Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." In the last part of verse 2, we read of the conditions that are favorable for us to live for the Lord and to reach out to the lost, "that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."
May we, by God's grace, buy up the time and reach out to our world today through prayer. Our Lord may soon come; and until that time, we need to be serving Him.
Transformed By Grace -
Transformed By Grace #1 - Unity in Christ
Transformed By Grace #2 - One Body in Christ
Transformed By Grace #3 - The Apostle of Grace
Transformed By Grace #4 - The Gifts of Christ
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