In 1 Timothy 2, we find the following text:
Instructions on Worship
2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
I have always thought that it was interesting that the heading for this text is "Instructions on Worship" and the first instruction in the text is about prayer. In fact, the Apostle Paul even goes so far to say that He "urges" "first of all" that we need to be a praying people. Prayer is essential if we are going to properly worship God. We see in this text that prayer takes our eyes off of ourselves and onto people. Prayer also helps us to clearly see God's mission in our world. We see that God's desire is for us to Pray for "all people", the same "all people" that Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for. What better reason do we need to pray?
Now, as I said above, I think it is very important to remember that this instruction to pray and to lift our eyes to God's plan to rescue and redeem is given as an instruction of corporate worship. Remember, this is written to a group of Christians. We must pray, and we must not neglect to pray together!
On March 1(CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS), we have the opportunity to put this into practice. If you are at all able to make it out that evening, I cannot urge you strongly enough to make it a priority to come. We will spend the evening worshipping and praying together to the glory of the One who gave Himself as a ransom for us: Jesus.
I hope you will join us