|2:1||I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;|
|2:2||For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.|
|2:3||For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;|
|2:4||Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.|
|2:5||For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;|
|2:6||Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.|
|2:7||Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.|
“You will absolutely receive answers when you pray in the name of Jesus.”
[Introduction] In our walk of faith, recognizing our spiritual families is crucial. When we enjoy the amazing salvation that we are given from Jesus Christ through His redemption and resurrection in our fields, the church community becomes our spiritual family. Likewise, spiritual growth takes place when we encourage and pray for each other more often in times of trouble. In today’s passage, what Apostle Paul mentions to Timothy is called intercessory ministry in terms of Theology. The word ‘intercessory’ means to connect people. Simply put, it is to restore the relationship with God or other people. This is the absolute goal of God that he has towards us. I bless you in the name of our Lord that from today may all Yewon believers live up to God’s expectations of becoming the pillars in the temple of God.
1. The One of Intercessory Prayer
In 1 Timothy 2:1, Apostle Paul emphasizes prayer, intercessory prayer to be specific. He describes a prayer in four different ways. The first one is ‘supplications’ which is deēseis (δεήσεις) in Greek. It is a special prayer that an individual or a group appeals to God when there is a trouble. The second one is ‘prayer.’ It is proseuchas (προσευχάς) in Greek which means all kinds of general prayers that maintain our relationship with God. The third one is ‘intercessions.’ It is enteuxeis (ἐντεύξεις) in Greek and has a meaning of a prayer that is made for other people. The last one is ‘thanksgiving.’ It is eucharistias (εὐχαριστίας) in Greek and refers to the heart that is thankful before God. These prayers are all different types of prayers but when we look at them carefully, we can find the order how we pray. Especially, the order shows you the gradual increase of the level of prayer: supplicatory prayer for something urgent, general prayer for the relationship with God to be continued and even deeper, intercessory prayer for other people and the prayer of thanksgiving that we entrust all things to God who will completely answers our prayers give thanks. In verse two, Apostle Paul says that we should pray for the ‘kings and all who are in high positions.’ I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers become the ones of intercessory prayer who experience God’s answer.
2. The One who Spreads the Truth
In 1 Timothy 2:3-4, Apostle Paul emphasizes that the ultimate goal of intercessory prayer is to save souls and it is also mentioned in verses five to six. There is only one way to save human beings who have no choice but to go into eternal destruction and the way is Jesus Christ. The people in the world do not know this truth. Appointed as a herald to spread this truth, we must carry out this mission. In Hebrews 7:25, it shows that Jesus, the eternal priest, does not cease praying for saving souls. It means Jesus’ intercessory prayer is the most important basis for salvation. E.M Bounds, who is called the saint of prayer, said:
“Prayer is God’s strength through us and fulfillment of His work through us.”
You have nothing to be afraid of. A person who prays is never afraid of anything. God’s power is with those who fight the spiritual battle in the blind spot and God’s work of saving souls will be fulfilled through them. I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers live the life of receiving power through prayer to spread God’s Words and have the evidence of standing as the pillars in the temple of God.
[Conclusion] An American missionary Stanley Jones spent his entire life in India spreading the Gospel, and he had great influence to people in India One day, he had a stroke at the age of 87, and was treated in Boston Hospital. He was being treated for about 5 months, and he really wanted to go back to India. So he went to India with his son-in-law and his family. At that time the American doctors said that he would not be able to walk or preach the Gospel, but Stanley Jones prayed and practiced walking and he used a unique method. Whenever he practiced walking he asked his family to say “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” After a while he miraculously rose and started walking and preached 50 times in 14 months. Also, he wrote a book about God’s work and Christ’s power that he experienced throughout his whole life of serving as a missionary during this period in his life. The book is the famous book (The Divine Yes). He always emphasized that we must accept God’s promise with a “Yes”, Amen. It is because God’s Word is always fulfilled. Christus Victor. Live the victorious life in the power of Christ who already has become a victor. So I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers receive the answers becoming the pillars in the temple of God and become the pillars of saving lives and construction of main sanctuary in 2016.