Everything is sanctified (1 Tim. 4:5)

“Everything

Is sanctified

By God’s word

And prayer.”

ἁγιάζεται γὰρ διὰ λόγου Θεοῦ καὶ ἐντεύξεως

Paul said, “Everything is sanctified (ἁγιάζεται γὰρ) by God’s word (διὰ λόγου Θεοῦ) and prayer (καὶ ἐντεύξεως).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἐντεύξεως, that means a petition, supplication, prayer, or intercession.  Paul maintained that everything could be made holy or sanctified by God’s word or human prayer.  Prayer at meals was a part of the Jewish tradition that the early followers of Jesus Christ also observed.  Thus, their prayers before meals sanctified all of God’s creation so that all food was worthy to be eaten with thanksgiving.  Do you thank God for your daily holy food?

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