I urge that thanksgivings be made for all people (from 1 Timothy 2:1).
Pray with gratitude to God for the gospel and for those who will respond with faith and repentance.*
*adapted from John MacArthur, The John MacArthur New Testament Commentary 1 Timothy, p. 62.
I urge that petitions be made on behalf of all men (1 Timothy 2:1).
When we make petition for others, we identify with their needs, and become involved in their struggles. We advocate for their salvation with empathy, sympathy and compassion*
*adapted from John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary 1 Timothy, p.62.
I urge that entreaties be made on behalf of all men (from 1 Timothy 2:1).
This kind of prayer arises from the sense of need. Knowing what is lacking, we plead with God to supply it.
As we look our on the masses of lost humanity, the enormity of their need should drive us to our knees.*
*John McArthur, The McArthur New Testament Commentary – 1 Timothy, p.61.
I urge that prayers be made for all men (from 1 Timothy 2:1).
This prayer carries with it a unique element of worship and reverence.
Prayer for the lost is ultimately directed at God as an act of worship, because the salvation of sinners causes them to give glory to Him.*
*John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary 1 Timothy, p. 62.