Timothy Tuesday!

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“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.”

1 Timothy 2:8

Okay, now Paul has crossed the line. I’ve had enough.

First he called the entire church to pray – FIRST & FOREMOST – above all other church activities.

And now, if that wasn’t enough, he is calling all the men in the church to give themselves to prayer.

The nerve?!?!

Doesn’t he know we have more important things to give ourselves to than living holy lives and praying to God all the time? It’s one thing to call the church to this – but now he is going to highlight JUST the men?

My goodness – there are lessons to be taught, sermons to be preached, chairs to be stacked, tables to be set up, money to be counted, motions to be seconded, music to be rehearsed, evangelism techniques to be learned, marriages needing counsel, coffee to be drunk, lightbulbs to be changed, budgets to balance, meetings to attend, tires to be aired, and rolls to be buttered. . . just to name a few!

Doesn’t Paul know this???

It’s as if he calls the whole church to give itself to prayer, and THEN  spotlights the men by calling us out to pray with pure hearts to God. Doesn’t he know we men are DOERS??? Put us to work, not prayer!

Praying is such . . .

Hard. Work.

As a matter of fact, prayer IS the work.

Paul isn’t telling us men not to do the other, more “practical” things. But it is a call for the men of the church to walk in holiness before the Lord and to make prayer THE most important and central activity we do.

In other words, PRAYER MUST BE THE PRIORITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEN.

Stop and think for a second: how much more of God would we all experience in our meetings and lessons and services and budgets and marriages and evangelism and fellowships if we actually did give ourselves to prayer like Paul admonishes us to?

How is your personal prayer life going?

Are you able to lift up “holy” hands to God in prayer?

Do you ever meet with some men in the church and pray together on behalf of the church, your family, the lost?

Why not?

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4 thoughts on “Timothy Tuesday!

  1. Ilene Harral says:

    I pray constantly in various ways and love to pray with others; I don’t feel any of us prays enough unless the pressure is really on. I worry about all of the secular advice from TV stars and books about how to just “hang in there.” I worry about leaving Jesus out of any of our prayers. Being spiritual and seeing rainbows isn’t the same as being prayerful about hanging in there with our God.

    Ilene

  2. Becky Isbell says:

    Amazing things happen when Christian Men and Women commit themselves to earnest prayers! I have experienced the results many times! The prayers don’t have to be long or wordy, but short and from the heart! I will mention a very helpful, small book, “What Happens When Women Pray” (Men Also), by Evelyn Christenson. She tells the story of how to pray in small groups, and what can happen! We do serve an awesome God, Who wants to be a part of all of our lives!
    AMEN!
    Becky

  3. Rodney Wimberly says:

    Pastor, I had a dream last night. I knew I was in the sanctuary of a church. Men were everywhere praying, it was difficult to see an empty spot at the altar, some were on their face, some kneeling, some sitting, some standing; hands, hearts, and voices were raised to The Lord God. As I began to look closer, I was in the sanctuary of FBC.

  4. Libby says:

    It is amazing what happens when men pray. They become true spiritual leaders. Whole families are transformed. Preach it Preacher!!!

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