Pray Without Ceasing


1 Tim. 2:1- 6 

2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all people. 


Paul is writing to Timothy encouraging that he be a pastor that lead his people to pray.  To pray for those in their immediate lives, to intercede on behalf of lost and seeking neighbors in their communities, and  to pray for the ruling authorities placed over them  to have wisdom.  Why?  Well, because central to the Kingdom itself is the priority of others.  It was the second greatest commandment, and was reiterated throughout the New Testament.  We, as believers, are to lift others’ needs above our own.  This is how Jesus desires to reveal Himself and His people to the world… by their love. He tells us what actually pleases God in all of this is… “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives…this is good and pleases God.”   


Not much about our culture promotes the pursuit of a quiet and selfless lifestyle.  In fact, much of what the world tells us is the exact opposite.  Our culture continually implies that “bigger is better” and that in order to “matter” one must self-promote as much as possible, in order to gain a crowd or a platform of influence.  This is just a distraction.  It keeps us from what God wants most.  And, this is the wisdom Paul imparts to Timothy in this passage.… “Make it about Him and others, not about you.  Stop living for what is ending, and start living for what is eternal.”  Pray for … all,… right now, while we can. Seize the moment.  Paul says, “love like Him, so others can live with Him.”   


So, pray and pray without ceasing.  Continue to press in… “Ask, seek, knock…” He will answer and He will intervene when we, His people, intercede.