1 Timothy 2: Prayer Priority

Under what circumstances does prayer make a difference?

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Matthew 26:42 Again, Jesus left to pray. “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be emptied without my drinking it, let your will be done.”
Romans 8:26 The Holy Spirit will help us in our weaknesses. For example, we don’t always know the Lord’s will and what to pray for, but the Spirit prays through us with groaning that English words cannot express.
1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, I urge you to pray for everyone. Intercede for them, asking God to help them, giving thanks for all he might do.
James 5:16 Confess to one another your inability to make it on your own, recognizing your failures and need for God’s help. Pray for one another so you may be changed. When people come to God with a genuine desire to change, transforming power begins to work in their lives.
King James
Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Why do prayers for government leaders often seem ineffective?

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1 Timothy 2:2–4 Pray for government leaders and others in authority so we may enjoy peace and quiet as we live godly, honorable lives. Such prayer is good, pleasing God our Savior, who desires everyone to know the truth and be saved.
King James
1 Timothy 2:2–4 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

How can anything stand in the way of God’s desire for everyone to know the truth and be saved?

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1 Timothy 2:3–4 Such prayer is good, pleasing God our Savior, who desires everyone to know the truth and be saved.
King James
1 Timothy 2:3–4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Why is Jesus an excellent mediator between us and God?

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Romans 8:34 Where does condemnation come from? We know it isn’t from God, because Jesus Christ died, rose from the dead, and is with the Father, continually interceding for us.
1 Timothy 2:5–6 We have only one God and one mediator who can restore our relationship with him, the man Christ Jesus, who gave his life so all might live—a message to be shared at appropriate times.
Hebrews 4:15 Our High Priest is easily touched with the feeling of our infirmities, because he was tested in every area just as we are, yet without sin.
King James
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
1 Timothy 2:5–6 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

When Paul preached the good news to unbelievers, what were his most important points?

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1 Timothy 2:7 That’s why God appointed me, a special messenger to preach and teach foreigners to believe in Christ, trusting him. “This is the truth about Jesus,” I say. “I wouldn’t lie to you.”
King James
1 Timothy 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.

What does it mean to not be angry?

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Ephesians 4:26 Don’t sin with your passion against others who have offended you, but forgive them before the sun sets.
1 Timothy 2:8 I wish every man everywhere would lift their hands in surrender, praying for the Lord’s will to be done, never angry, but trusting his ways to be good.
King James
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

How does Paul’s prayer for women compare with what we see today?

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1 Timothy 2:9–11 I wish women would dress modestly, not drawing attention to themselves with their hair styles, jewelry, or expensive clothes. Women who are devoted to God should be seen for who they are, for the good works they are doing, quietly learning without trying to take over.
King James
1 Timothy 2:9–11 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

What differences existed in the role of women in the first century and today?

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1 Timothy 2:12 An uneducated woman gains nothing by speaking to educated men who wouldn’t listen, so she needs to sit quietly, listen, and learn.
King James
1 Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

How does Adam’s sin differ from what Eve did?

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1 Timothy 2:13–15 Adam came first, then Eve. She transgressed, being deceived, but he sinned knowingly. But if they continue in faith and love in their sincere commitment to the Lord, salvation will follow through their offspring.
King James
1 Timothy 2:13–15 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.