Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What God wants you to know in 2 verses, interested?

It is sometimes easy to get irritated with people, especially politicians that continue to lie and deceive, the inconsiderate driver on the road, the co-worker that is a problem in the office, or whatever your “favorite pet peeve” may be, we sometimes (or many times) get irritated. But the Scripture commands us to pray for everyone; not just people you love or like, everyone. If you are born-again you have been given direct access to the Throne of God and your prayers are not just idle meditations or proclamations, they are requests for the King to consider. As such, we need to take that responsibility very seriously:
1Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

1Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

James 5:15-16 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Ephesians 2:18-22 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

It is through Jesus that our prayers are heard. I don't know any other way to say this, but to say it straight; if you don't have a relationship with Jesus you don't have access to The Throne. But that is not God's desire! God's desire is that everyone might be saved. Notice that Paul wraps up this emphasis in 1 Timothy to pray for everyone with the number one reason to pray for everyone:
1Timothy 2:3-4 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.

What is that Truth He desires all people to have knowledge of?
1Timothy 2:5-6 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.

 
What should the prayer of the righteous look like?
1Timothy 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;


James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

I am going to wrap up with a verse that we don't hear preached on much, if at all. It is definitely a verse that most young girls and many women would rather ignore, and in looking at todays fashion, it is ignored. We do not have to authority to take out or ignore Scripture, so with that said:
1Timothy 2:9 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,

We don't see many women “adorned in braided hair” in our culture; but we also do not see much modesty in apparel either; yet that is how women are called to dress. Obviously you do not need to be a rocket scientist to piece together why God would make this command; the question is, are you willing to put your pride aside and listen?

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