Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 February 2011 1 Timothy 2:1‏

1 Timothy 2:1.    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.

Ahoy there me mates! (smile) What’s new and exciting this Sunday morning? I hope many things are, and that the Lord’s keeping you busy in His work, while making your paths straight and prosperous, because that’s His promise if we are faithful and obedient to His Word. Ah Friends, the ole fella’s joshing to a certain extent, since I know from personal experience that life is never always wine, roses and song. In fact, most of us live bland, banal lives. But though they may not be chocked full of excitement, neither should they be monotonous and full of drudgery. The Lord created us to be champions, and if we aren’t being champions in our own little world, then something’s wrong with our modus operandi. And to fix it, we need to turn to the Lord in prayer and sincerely ask for His help and guidance. That’s the only way our lives will improve. As our Bit shows, Bruh Paul listed several types of prayers; ‘I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.’ Then he lists three basic reasons why we should pray. We dealt with the first one yesterday; for people in authority, so that our nations can live in peace and prosperity. Now let’s look at his second reason for praying. It’s simple, but extremely important. ‘For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.’ (1 Tim.2:3) Yes Friends, we should pray simply because our God takes pleasure in it. It’s our main form of communication with Him, and He likes us to keep up a constant flow of conversation, for us to keep Him up to date on all the happenings in our lives, be they big, small, good, bad, important or unimportant. Just imagine what would happen nuh people, if instead of all the foolish and inane stuff we communicate and the enormous time we waste on Facebook and other sites, tweeting, texting, talking, we spent even a small portion of that praying, or simply talking to God. Wow! What a prayerful, much more godly and peaceful world we’d enjoy! But no, our sinful flesh and the cunning ploys of the enemy calls us, like the siren’s song, to worship these ‘here today, gone tomorrow,’ man made idols, which though useful in some circumstances, are now being blatantly worshipped. Oh Friends, we even use violence, kill innocent children of God to get them. How sad eh. However, as Bruh Paul so aptly told the Roman church: ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable (rational) service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’ (Rom.12:1-2) Oh mih people, I know that Lucifer’s call is exceedingly strong, but if we truly desire to live for Christ, then we have to resist the evil wiles of that fallen angel. And the only way to do that is to immerse ourselves in the Word and in prayer, regular communication with our heavenly Father. When asking for punishment for the wicked and the strength to stay away from them, Bruh David fervently declared: ‘but I give myself unto prayer.’ (Ps.109:4) Meanwhile, the apostles, when the business of the church began to grow and they couldn’t handle all the duties, decided: ‘But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.’ (Acts 6:4)  And Peter, in his advice on being good stewards of God’s grace, said: ‘But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.’ (1 Pet.4:7) So prayer is of the utmost importance if we seriously want to resist Lucifer, because being in the world, but not of it, depending solely on our own efforts, is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Oh Friends, just as Bruh Paul reminds Timothy in a later missive, when exhorting him to endurance, I also want to encourage us to stand strong in the Lord. ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of LOVE, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of the Lord, nor of me, his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions (share with me the sufferings) of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world began. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.’ (2 Tim.1:7-10) Yes my brethren, we all have those same attributes, and Christ has done the same things for us, but in these tremulous times we need to use our attributes, in conjunction with the Word, on a deeper and more extensive basis, so that the kingdom can be enlarged and the Most High God glorified, for that’s our God given purpose. More on this tomorrow, our God in favour. Till then, walk safely, and pray plenty. Much LOVE!…oh, how like sweet music to God’s ears…are the sincere supplications and petitions of His people…

 

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