In chapter 1 of our study through 1 Timothy, we have considered Paul’s instruction concerning false teaching in the church. As we move onto chapters 2-3, Paul now shifts his focus to instruction concerning conduct in the church.
As Paul prepares to instruct on a variety of matters concerning conduct within the church, the first thing that comes to his mind is public prayer, which is the focus of this week’s passage. Paul begins by giving an exhortation to pray in various ways for all people in general (1 Timothy 2:1). He then encourages prayer for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2), while identifying the goal of praying for all men - that they would be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Paul follows on by explaining how all men must be saved (1 Timothy 2:5-7), and concludes with the role of men in leading prayer when the church gathers together (1 Timothy 2:8).
Read the passage & discuss with your family the importance of prayer, the priority of prayer, the power of prayer, and hindrances to prayer when the church gathers & also in our personal lives.