A Worshipful Man

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Bible Text: 1 Timothy 2:8 |

A Worshipful Man

1 Timothy 2:8

The theme for the book of 1 Timothy is instruction about the conduct and function of the gathered assembly (v. 3:15). Many were departing from the faith and false teaching and practices were invading the church (4:1–5). Paul exhorts believers to pray (v. 2:1–8) and then goes on to specifically exhort the men to lead in prayer.

  1. Worshipful men take the lead in prayer.
    1. Public prayer of the saints is one of the components of worship.
    2. God’s intended desire and will is that all Christian men pray.
    3. Men should lead in prayer everywhere the church is gathered.
  1. Worshipful men pray with a clean and pure heart.
    1. Praying with hands lifted is a biblical practice - Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the LORD.
    2. The lifting up of hands represents the manner of life - Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
    3. This does not stress the form apart from the heart. It is not ritual or exhibitionism - Isaiah 1:15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
    4. A pure heart begins with repentance and confession in the heart and continues with right living.
  1. Worshipful men pray without sinful anger.
    1. Men typically struggle with sinful anger and a loss of temper.
    2. The wrath of man is the violent exertion of selfishness - James 1:20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 
    3. Prayer is the way to obey God’s command to leave wrath to Him - Romans 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
  1. Worshipful men pray without strife and criticism.
    1. This is not the kind of doubt that questions God.
    2. This is a skeptical criticism and disputing with others or even with God.
      1. Debate among the men of what to pray for.
      2. Criticism about whom and what is being prayed for.
      3. Disputing with God about His will.

What is keeping you from being a spiritual leader in your church and family?

Our prayer is that the Lord will raise up men who lead us in worship through prayer.

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