Pray for everyone (1 Tim. 2:1)

“First of all,

I urge

That these supplications,

Prayers,

Intercessions,

And thanksgivings

Be made for everyone.”

Παρακαλῶ οὖν πρῶτον πάντων ποιεῖσθαι δεήσεις, προσευχάς, ἐντεύξεις, εὐχαριστίας, ὑπὲρ πάντων ἀνθρώπων,

Paul said, “First of all (πρῶτον πάντων), I urge (Παρακαλῶ οὖν) that these supplications (δεήσεις), prayers (προσευχάς), intercessions (ἐντεύξεις), and thanksgivings (εὐχαριστίας) be made (ποιεῖσθαι) for everyone (ὑπὲρ πάντων ἀνθρώπων).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἐντεύξεις, that means a petition, supplication, or intercession.  Paul talked about the importance of prayer to God.  Paul mentioned this as a priority, as he urged Timothy to pray with pleas, requests, intercessions, and thanksgivings.  He was not only to pray for his friends and acquaintances, but for everyone, all mankind.  His prayer should not have a limited scope.  We need to have a universal sense of all people before God.  Do you have a limited scope in your prayer life?

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