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November 29 - Morning

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all 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 people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."

- First Timothy 2:1-4

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Pray for Secular Leaders so We Can Have Natural Peace to Teach Spiritual Truth    

In a church filled riddled with false teaching and pagan influence Paul has left Timothy in Ephesus to implement the corrections. Paul begins his list of directions for Timothy to use in making course adjustments in the church of Ephesus by saying:

                “I urge, then, first of all…”

And, then what Paul tells in a list of corrections the church needs to make is how, who and why to pray.

How to pray? Paul lists three types of prayer and one attitude of prayer. The attitude is that of “thanksgiving” which would be a direct reflection of a faith that knows God is hearing and interacting with the prayers. The types of prayers could be synonyms to say “all types of prayer should be used.” But, a breakdown of the Greek words would look like this:

  1. “Petitions” – deeseis – refers to desires and needs. This word originally meant in Greek “to chance upon.” And, since it was only by chance that a citizen would have a chance to stand before a king it came to mean, “to have an audience with a king.” An audience with the king meant you had a “chance” to speak to the king and present your needs and desires to him. Thus, deeseis came to mean “petition.”
  2. “Prayers” – proseuche – this is the most general Greek word for prayer
  3. “Intercession” – enteuxis – is only used twice in the NT, both times in 1 Timothy (2:1, 4:5). This Greek word carried the thought of a conversation and a petition. Origin in the second century said enteuxis referred to boldness to go before God presence to speak to him.

Who to pray for? Paul says these prayers should be made for “all people,” which would seem to be a point of correction in the church practice of prayer. It is possible the Ephesians where only praying for a selected group within the believers or for those who fit within a corrupted doctrine of concept of “the chosen.” The Ephesians appear to be neglecting prayer for those on the outside. Paul points out that those on the outside, such as kings and “all those in authority” in government positions, have a huge impact on the life of believers and on the opportunities of the church on earth which operates under these governmental powers. The point Paul is making is that the Ephesians should pray for those outside the church who have a huge impact on the world they live in and on the culture in which the Ephesians are to minister the truth.

Why pray? Just like God wants the Christians to pray “for all people,” Paul says God “wants all people to be saved,” and God “wants all people…to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Why pray? So that the church can present the Gospel to all people, and then, when those people are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, the church will have the freedom, the resources and the opportunity to lead those believers into the knowledge of the truth.”

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Where there is no “moral gravity” – that is, no force that draws us to the center – there is spiritual weightlessness. We float on feelings that will carry us where we never meant to go; we bubble with emotional experiences that we often take for spiritual ones; and we are puffed up with pride...Sentimentality takes the place of theology. Our reference point will never serve to keep our feet on solid rock, for our reference point, until we answer God’s call, is merely ourselves. We cannot possibly tell which end is up. Paul calls them fools who “…measure themselves by themselves, to find in themselves their own standard of comparison!”
- Elisabeth Elliot
Something to Ponder??
William Tyndale made the first English translation of the Bible directly from the Greek manuscripts. He changed some words that outraged the church. For example: "bishop" became "OVERSEER," "priest" became "ELDER," "charity" became "LOVE."
He also introduced and used a new-fangled word into his English translation. A practice that scholars consider very unprofessional. The new, fashionable word used first by William Tyndale in 1526 was "beautiful." (image of Tyndale's NT translation HERE)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Hoy (Hb) - Woe (Eng) - the Hebrew word hoy is an interjection used to express emotion, distress. Hoy is translated as "O!," "woe," "alas." It is used in lamentations and to warn off or
recall national disasters such as Jeremiah (Jer. 22:13, 18), Isaiah (Isaiah 1:4; 5:20),
Amos (Amos 5:18; 6:1) and other prophets.

  The Market Gate of Miletus (165 BC-150 AD) has been reconstructed and is in the Pergamon Museum of Berlin. Paul was in Miletus in 57 AD (Acts 20:15-38) and later around 66 AD Paul left Trophimus sick at Miletus
(2 Timothy 4:20).
The Market Gate of Miletus can be seen HERE and more details are here and video here
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I pray for the success and wisdom of governmental leaders and others who have an indirect impact on the church and on my spiritual life?
I will pray for these leaders who impact our world, our society, our freedom and our prosperity.
  "If a man pampers his servant from youth, he will bring
grief in the end."
Proverbs 29:21
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
A sign marking the distance at Banais in northern Galilee between the ancient city gate and the palace remains of King Herod Agrippa II who heard Paul speak in Acts 25:13-26:32 (NOTE: the sign does spell "Agrippa" wrong.)
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