Discipleship Praying: In Praying For Others We Pray For Ourselves

As one begins to pray God’s Word, one discovers that some passages lend themselves more to a particular type of prayer than others.  Such is the case this week as we pray through 2 Timothy 2.  This portion of Paul’s letter to Timothy, shifts to Paul’s heart for Timothy to be strong in the grace of Christ as well as encouragement to remain not of this world.  Discipleship and Paul’s heart for Timothy to replicate the gospel of Christ to others is evident in the letter.

As we pray through this passage today, try to keep in mind someone in your life whom you are leading or walking in a discipleship relationship.  Allow God to affirm the work He is doing in your own heart as well as the hearts of those around you.  We will follow the same pattern as last week.

Read the Scripture

Pray the Scripture

Act the Scripture

If you missed last week you can read it here.  Let us begin.  (The words in italics are additional prayer prompts for you to use.)

Read the Scripture

Read 2 Timothy 2 in your bible or Click Here to read 2 Timothy 2

Pray the Scripture

Lord, God just as those who have gone before us, set examples for us, help my husband, children, and myself to remain strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  Help my husband and me to commit the things we have been taught and learned through Your Word and fellow believers in Christ to our children so they too will be able to teach others also. (v1-2)

Thank God for how He teaches you through His Word.  Take a moment to pray for all who have been your “spiritual parents.”  Lift up your children, grandchildren or “spiritual children” to the Lord.

Lord, may we share in the suffering as good soldiers of Christ Jesus.  Help us not to get entangled with the concerns of civilian life; but seek to please our Commander, Christ Jesus.  May we model the athlete who competes according to the rules to be crowned or the hardworking farmer who receives the first share of the crops.  Help us to obey Your commands, and we ask You to give us understanding in everything. (v3-7)

Ask the Lord for a heart of an athlete running for a crown or the work ethic of a farmer.  Confess any areas that are currently holding you back from entirely running after God.

Lord, keep our attention, our eyes, and our heart fixed upon Jesus Christ as risen from the dead and descended from David.  For that is the true gospel.  Though we may suffer to the point of being bound like a  criminal, Your message God is not bound.  So Lord help us to be willing to endure all things for those who have yet to come to know You: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.  (v8-10)

Praise the Lord His Gospel is not bound or chained.  Pray for any you know who do not know the Lord yet and ask the Lord for the opportunity to be part of their salvation.

Lord, we proclaim the truth of Your Word:  If we have died with You, we will also live with You;

If we endure, we will also reign with You; if we deny You, You will also deny us; if we are faithless, You remain faithful, for You cannot deny Yourself. (v11-13)

Acknowledge your identity in the Lord as having died with Him as well as being raised in Christ.  Ask for help to remain faithful to Him.

God, help us to be reminded as well as charge our children before God not to fight about words; since it is not profitable and leads only to the ruin of its hearers.  May we be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, as workers who are not ashamed, correctly teaching the Word of Truth.  Help us to avoid irreverent, empty speech which only produces an even greater measure of godlessness.  Lord, many in this world have deviated from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they are overturning the faith of some.  However, Your solid foundation stands firm, saying:  The Lord knows those who are His, and everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness. (v14-19)

Ask the Lord for a non-judgmental heart, but one that is discerning and rests in the one and only Judge who judges justly.  

Lord these next verses are difficult to interpret and not quite sure how to pray them.  Lord, there are nice things in a home, and then there are the ordinary things.  Some are used for special guests and others for everyday use.  Father cleanse us from the ordinary things and use us as special instruments, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.  (v20-21)

Ask the Lord to give you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you.  

Father, give us the strength to flee from youthful passions, and instead pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.  Help us to reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.  As the Lord’s slave, we must not quarrel but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient, instructing our opponents with gentleness.  Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.   Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil’s trap, having been captured by him to do his will. (v22-26).

Ask the Lord to help you remain on the path of righteousness while setting an example to those who do not know the Lord with a gentleness that reflects God’s character.  Pray for those you know who are entrapped by the enemy.

Act the Scripture

If actions speak louder than words, then may our words be few today and our actions reflect our obedience to the Lord.

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