Pray First

Pray First

08 December 2009


1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4 NLT)

In the first part of this letter, Paul reminds Timothy of the prophecies that were spoken about his life and ministry and challenges Timothy to use these things that God said about him to develop faith and confidence to fight well in the Lord’s battles. Then he begins to instruct Timothy in the responsibilities of a church leader. There is a wealth of detailed instruction in Paul’s two brief letters to Timothy that guides us even today in how the church is structured, governed, and directed.

Paul’s first words of instruction are “First of all, pray.” Pray First! In these first verses of this chapter, three things are revealed that really spoke to me this morning: The priority of prayer, the heart of God for people, and the importance of thankfulness.

Paul writes: Pray first, ask for God’s mercy on all people, and give thanks.

Pray First. Why is it so hard to remember that I need to pray first – pray before I attempt to do anything? Pray for everyone and pray about everything. Today I purpose to pray first.

God is merciful. He wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. If I understand his heart of mercy, it’s easier to understand his attitude and action. And it’s easier to know what to do and how to speak and act toward others. Today I purpose to ask for God’s mercy on others.

Give thanks. It’s a different world and my approach to it is totally different if I give thanks rather than complain. Today I purpose to give thanks.


Father, Thanks for a simple and profound reminder of these three things today. I purpose to talk to you before talking to others. I ask for your mercy on the people I interact with today. I thank you for loving me and for blessing me with uncountable blessings. Amen.

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