Devotional: April 22, 2020

Mission through Prayer, Part II

Prayer is fundamental to the mission of the church. Without prayer, we are relying on mere human power and ability, which quickly runs out. Any of us who have found ourselves physically and emotionally exhausted during this time should remember that true power comes from the Holy Spirit. While our resources are so very limited, the well of God’s providence never runs dry.

There is power in prayer. And one of the best things about speaking directly to God, is that it can be done from anywhere and at any time.

The author of the letter to Timothy understood this. The counsel the letter gives is for all people to pray so that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in godliness and holiness.

Scripture: I Timothy 2:1-61 (NLT)

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

Devotional Time

  • What, according to this letter, is God’s desire for all people (v.4)?
  • How is God accomplishing this (v. 5-6)?
  • What is the role of prayer in accomplishing God’s mission?
  • In what ways am I participating in God’s mission through prayer?

Almighty God, you give strength to the weak, comfort to the lonely, and salvation to those who trust in you. Forgive me for the times in which I have relied on my own abilities rather than leaning on your merciful power. Give me strength for the mission, this day and always. Through Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Be blessed today.