Yesterday, there were several urgent prayer requests posted on Facebook throughout the day. How easy it is to just click “Like” and move on. But these are urgent requests! We are urged to pray because prayer is urgent—there are souls one breath away from hell; there are believer’s who are involved in great trials; we live in a sin-cursed world that needs to see grace abounding over sin; there’s the need to join with others at the Throne of Grace; there’s the need to obey and fulfill Scripture; and there’s the urgency that all we do glorifies our God!!
1 Timothy 2:1-4 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1. What two words in verse one describe the priority of prayer?
2. What kinds of prayer are described in verse one? Define them.
3. Who are we to pray for? (vv. 1-2a)
4. Why are we to pray for these people? (v. 2b)
5. What is greatest motivation to pray? (v. 3)
6. Why should we pray for lost souls and for revival? (v. 4)
7. If we are “urged” to pray, shouldn’t there be an urgency to pray? (v.1)
Compare your time in prayer at home with how you pray in a corporate setting at church. Would this passage describe your prayer life? Is there a true urgency to pray because it is made a top priority by God? Are you motivated to get down to the serious business of prayer in both locations? Which song would describe your prayer life at home and at church: “Sound the Battle Cry” or “Silent Night”? From the picture above, would you describe this prayer meeting as sleepy or urgent?
Reminder: Our goal for these 40 days of prayer and fasting is that God would so revive and change us that we would both pray and act as the people of God for the glory of God!