1 Timothy 2:1 | Private Prayer (Recording issues, notes attached!)
September 15, 2019

1 Timothy 2:1 | Private Prayer (Recording issues, notes attached!)

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Passage: 1 Timothy 2

1 Timothy 2

1 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. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the mana Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

1 Thessalonians 5

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Timothy 1

5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 

1 Timothy 2

1 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. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

1 Timothy 2

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people

1 Timothy 2

8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray.

“Do you pray? Only you can answer that question. Your minister knows whether you attend public worship or not. Your relatives know whether you have family prayers at home or not. Your friends may know whether you pray with other people. But only you know whether you pray in private.” (JC Ryle)

 

“A Christian may preach, they may write best-selling books, make brilliant speeches and do endless good works and yet still be like Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. If there is not heartfelt private prayer, you can know that the person is not saved.” (JC Ryle)

“I think there are thousands who never say a word of prayer at all, even among those who call themselves Christians. We eat. We drink. We sleep. We get up in the morning. We go to work. We go home. We take exercise. We breathe God’s air. We enjoy God’s sun. We walk on God’s earth. We experience God’s mercies. We have bodies that are dying. And we have judgment and eternity before us. But some of us never speak to God. We behave like animals - animals that just live and then die. We live like creatures without souls. We do not have a word for the God whose hand holds our life, breath and everything else. Not a word for the one who will pronounce our everlasting sentence one day. That is dreadful, isn’t it? If all our secrets were out in the open, I think we would find that it is very common.” (JC Ryle)

 

“Can you believe that people are praying against sin both night and day when we see them plunging right into it?” (JC Ryle)

“Can we believe that they pray against worldly thinking, when they are entirely absorbed and taken up with it?" (JC Ryle)

“Do we think most Christians ask God for grace to serve Him daily, when they show no desire to do so at all?” (JC Ryle)

“Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Either prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer. That is how it is. I look at people’s lives and I come to the conclusion that few people really pray.” (JC Ryle)

“You can be very sure that people fall in private, long before the fall in public. (JC Ryle) 

Revelation 2

4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. 

“There are also great examples in the Bible of the power of prayer. It seems that nothing is too great or too difficult when it comes to prayer. Prayer achieves things that would otherwise be completely impossible and out of reach. In the Bible, we read that prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from a rock and bread from heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer overthrew armies. Prayer has healed the sick. Prayer has raised the dead. In church history, we read about Mary Queen of Scots who apparently said, ‘I fear John Knox’s prayers more than an army of ten thousand men.’ Prayer has brought about the conversion of souls. Prayer and faith can do anything. Nothing is impossible when a person has the spirit of adoption. While Abraham continued to ask for mercy for Sodom, the Lord went on giving. He never stopped giving until Abraham stopped praying.”

“That is what Jacob did when he feared his brother Esau. It is what Moses did when the people were ready to stone him in the wildernes. This is what Joshua did when Israel was defeated before Ai. This is what David did when he was in danger at Keilah. This is what Hezekiah did when he received the letter from Sennacherib. This is what the Church did when Peter was put in prison. This is what Paul and Silas did when they were thrown into a cell at Philippi.”

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