July 14th, 2016
Prayer is an Act of Love
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; (1 Timothy 2:1 KJV)
Paul discusses the pattern God has set forth for prayer for men and women who are serious about serving God. God desires particularly in the setting of a church that the members meet together and fellowship with God in prayer.
However, prayer is not to be limited to or inclusive to needs of the church and its members. God desires that prayers are lifted up on a continual basis both inside and outside the church for those who do not personally know God.
This verse says prayer is to be made for all men:
“supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men…”
Supplication is earnestly petitioning God in heartfelt prayer.
Prayer is spiritual conversation with God; both on a personal intimate level and in a corporate setting among a group of believers.
Intercession is coming before God, or coming before God, about spiritual and physical needs of others who are in the church, among other believers, and among the lost in the world.
Giving thanks is being gracious and giving gratitude to God for whatever He has seen fit to give us when all mankind collectively deserves nothing but His wrath.