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Outline: The Priority of Prayer

October 17, 2014

 

Title: The Priority of Prayer

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-8

 

Introduction:

In the face of spiritual opposition and hostility, Paul admonished his young protégé to make prayer a priority.  Prayer was the bedrock and foundation of Paul’s ministry.  He is always found praying for others and asking prayer for himself.  In this passage he calls Timothy’s attention to the importance of this oft-neglected discipline.

 

I. THE MANDATE OF PRAYER (v1)

A. The Priority of Prayer- “I exhort therefore, that, first of all,”

B. The Particulars of Prayer– “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”

 

II. THE MENTALITY OF PRAYER (v2)

A. The Objective: Praying for People- “For kings, and for all that are in authority;”

B. The Outcome: Praying for Peace- “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

 

III. THE MERCY OF PRAYER (v3-4)

A. The Goodness in God’s Sight- “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”

B. The Grace in God’s Salvation- “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

 

IV. THE MEDIATOR OF PRAYER (v5-6)

A. Christ is a Saving Mediator- “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,”

B. Christ is the Sole Mediator- “the man Christ Jesus;

C. Christ is the Sacrificial Mediator- “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

 

V. THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER (v7)

A. Paul has an Obligation to Prayer- “Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in     Christ, and lie not;)”

B. Paul has an Objective in Prayer- “a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”

 

VI. THE MESSAGE OF PRAYER (v8)

A. The Call to Prayer- “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands,”

B. The Congregation of Prayer- “men pray everywhere,”

C. The Confidence in Prayer- “without wrath and doubting.”

 

 

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