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Prayer 2

1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings an dall those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Although God is all-powerful and all-knowing, he has chosen to let us help him change the world through our prayers. How this works is a mystery to us because of our limited understanding but it is a reality. Paul urges us to pray for each other and for our leaders in government. Our earnest prayers will have powerful results (James 5: 16).

1 Timothy 2:8 I want men everywhee to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

Besides displeasing God, anger and strife make prayer difficult. That is why Jesus said that we should interrupt our prayers, if necessary, to make peace with others (Matthew 5:23,24). God wants us to obey him immediately and thoroughly. Our goal should be to have a right relationship with God and also with others.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come "with confidence." Some Christians approach God meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask him to meet their needs. Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they say. Come with reverence because he is your King. But also come with bold assurance because he is your Friend and Counselor.

Hebrews 13:18-19 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

The writer recognizes the need for prayer. Christian leaders are especially vulnerable to criticism from others, pride (if they succeed), depression (if they fail), and Satan's constant efforts to destroy their work for God. They desperately need our prayers! For who should you regularly pray?

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.

The emphasis here is on God's will, not our will. When we communicate with God, we don't demand what we want; rather we discuss with him what he wants for us. If we align our prayers to his will, he will listen; and we can be certain that if he listens, he will give us a definite answer. Start praying with confidence.

I pray that you read ahead and behind of the verses mentioned so that you get the full meaning of what is said in the Word. I pray that you will have discernment to fully understand the message that God has for you.

Dear God, You are an awesome God! I thank You for the messages that You have brought to me to share with these, your children. I pray that they're able to hear what You want for them to hear. I pray that they're able to pray in the "Spirit" and that they seek Him when they are unsure what to pray. As your people pray, I hope they don't limited You to their prayers. Often Your blessings are so much greater than they can ever imagine. We thank you dear Father, for the love of your Son and for the opportunity to share Your gospel. Amen

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