If the church is to be a "pillar and buttress of the truth" (3:15), then prayer must be strongly prioritized ("first of all"). One of the primary means that God uses to bring about His purposes in the world is the prayers of His people. This passage has a two-fold aim, to call God's people to pray for all people and to motivate God's people to pray for all people. And it is the description of God's heart for all people (2:3-7) that is meant to stimulate our prayers for all people (2:1). In one sense, God is simply saying "imitate my heart for the lost." Perhaps this is the secret of all faithful and effective prayer: crying out to God in such a way that God hears the echo of the loving desires of His own heart.
We must let God's love for all people shape our prayers for all people.
Sermon Title: "Prayer that Pleases God"
Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Preacher: Pastor Brandon Bellomo
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