Summary: Each man has been given the power of prayer to release his untapped potential.
THEME: THE UNTAPPED POWER OF A MAN
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 2:1 – 8
TITLE: PRAYING MEN…
It was early Sunday morning and William’s mother came into his room and said, “William, it’s Sunday. Time to get up…Time to get up and go to church!”
From under the covers, William mumbled, “I don’t want to go!”
“What do you mean…you don’t want to go?” she said. “That is silly! Now get up and get dressed and go to church!”
“No!” the deep voice of William shot back! “I’ll give you two reasons. I don’t like them and they don’t like me!”
“Nonsense,” his mother, yield. “I’ll give YOU two reasons you have to get up and go. First, you are a 42 years old grown man and second, you are the PASTOR!”
William, like too many men today don’t want to grow up and like others don’t want to face the challenges of life!
We are in the last of our series on The Untapped Power of a Man and we have talked previously about:
A) Distinguished Men such as Daniel and what does it take to be one of God’s distinguished men?
• Excellence Is Essential
• Faithfulness Is Fundamental
• Diligence In Duty
• Disciplined In Devotion
B) Able Men such as the Priest in 1 Chronicles 13, who are described as being “…very able men” translated they were “mighty men of strength.”
• ABLE MEN ARE MEN OF AVAILABILITY
• ABLE MEN ARE MEN OF DEPENDABILITY
• ABLE MEN ARE MEN OF MOBILITY
• ABLE MEN ARE MEN OF STABILITY
Today, I want us to understand that if indeed we are going to be men who release the untapped power that God has deposited within us…
We must not only be men who distinguish ourselves from the ordinary and men who distinguish ourselves from men who are not able or not willing to fight the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged… we must distinguish ourselves by becoming praying men!
God is calling us to be Praying Men. Men who pray without ceasing; pray without wrath or doubting; pray with a fervent spirit and pray with faith!
Our nation; our communities; our churches and our families are in desperate need of praying men!
Notice verse 8 of the text… “I desire that the men pray – notice that the men pray…everywhere, lifting holy hands, without wrath and doubting…”
The Apostle Paul…at this point in his life was an aged man full of experience and wisdom. He was writing particularly to the young pastor Timothy in this epistle or letter. Timothy was facing the heavy burden of leading the Church of Ephesus.
This was a challenging task for a young man, given the culture of the city and the condition of the church. Ephesus was a major city in the ancient world. It was a city consider to be a leading center of commerce and travel, situated on the Aegean Sea…it was one of the greatest seaports of the then known world.