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