Summary: The Bible teaches us to pray for the lost. God is very interested in the salvation of the lost, and "urges" us emphatically to pray for the lost. God loves the lost, and so we will also.
House of prayer sermon #2
- I urge you. I encourage you. I challenge you. I charge you. I beg you. I plead with you. I appeal to you. I’m asking you. Wow! That’s a lot urging.
Sometimes it takes a lot to get people to do things.
ILL.- One dental worker said: At the busy dental office where I work, one patient was always late. Once when I called to confirm an appointment, he said, "I’ll be about 15 minutes late. That won’t be a problem, will it?"
"No," I told him. "We just won’t have time to give you an anesthetic." He arrived early.
The idea of suffering pain was a pretty good motivation. That’s always a good motivator! Most of us don’t like pain!
ILL.- Bank robber Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks, replied, "Because that’s where the money is."
Money is also a good motivator. As the bumper sticker reads: “Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go.” Or it’s more like, “I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go.”
ILL.- There was once a jockey who had an unbelievable winning record. Just before the end of any race, the jockey would lean way over and seemingly speak to the horse. A reporter asked the jockey what he did that made such a difference in the horse’s speed. He replied: "I simply quote a little verse in his ear: ’Roses are red, violets are blue; Horses that lose are made into glue!"
Mercy. Yes, I guess the thought of death would be a good motivator for most folks. However, I’ve known of doctors to say to some people, “If you don’t stop what you’re doing you’re going to die.”
And some of those people just keep right on doing what they’ve been doing. Maybe some doctors should say even more, like, “If you don’t stop that wild living not only are you going to die, you may also spend eternity where you don’t want.”
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—"
The word “URGE” or exhortation is stronger than a simple suggestion.
Paul wants these instructions:
- carried out to the letter.
- more than proper actions,
- the acts are to be joined with the right attitudes
- 1 Timothy 1 emphasized proper attitudes
- especially proper attitudes in prayer
We are reminded that our PRAYERS are to be:
- “made for all people” 1 Timothy 2:1
- this includes a heavy emphasis on the LOST
Prayer is a stool with 4 legs:
A. Prayers of PETETION:
- these are prayers from the deepest part of the heart
- also called prayers of “supplication”
- these are prayers of NEEDS.
We pray a lot of “I Need” prayers:
- I’m sick, I’m broke, I’m exhausted, I’m overwhelmed
- Lord Help ME!!!
- Lord Give me (money, health, peace, strength)
I’d say that we need to balance:
- our “I need” prayers with prayers for others
- except that word “balance” implies a 50/50 relationship
- between prayer for “MY”, or even “OUR” needs.
The text today is teaching us to Pray unbalanced prayers:
- spend time praying for the lost, the least, the little
- spend time praying for Kings and politicians even.
Pray for yourself, but spend more time praying for the NEEDS OF OTHERS: