Kevin Dibbley - June 20, 2021

Praying Boldly

In 1 Timothy 2:1-7, our fighter verse passage this week, the apostle Paul urges young pastor Timothy to pray “for kings and all who are in high positions.” The king at the time was Nero, the Emperor of Rome. The issues at stake were not creaturely comforts, but rather the increasing threats of the Roman Empire against the lives of Christians and against the cause of Christ. What should a young pastor do as he is learning to lead the church? What do Christians do when the church is under direct assault? Paul says that he should pray. He should cry out to the King of kings and fight the good fight on his knees. The apostle Paul knew how to come boldly before earthly kings because he knew that he could come boldly before the King of all kings. As Christians, we often find ourselves weak-kneed before a hostile world. We can too easily be anxious and agitated over a culture that is increasingly intolerant of Christians and our biblical convictions. We get discouraged when we see people that we know and love remain resistant to the gospel. We can lose heart and lose hope. As we memorize this verse in 1 Timothy 2:5, I want us to urge our Waterbrooke family to see prayer as an incredible, powerful, and primary tool in seeking to advance God’s kingdom in a world that is more and more hostile to Christ. Let’s remember that Christ has already won the victory. Satan is defeated. Christ is exalted. He reigns. There is nothing to fear since God is on our side. If God is for us, who can be against us? Our sermon is called "Pray Boldly." Let’s pray boldly that God will help us to pray more boldly.

Scripture References: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

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