1 Timothy 2:8
I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

In this chapter, the apostle addresses the church’s intercessory role in general as well as the spiritual roles of Christian men and women in the body of Christ.

Observe first that Christian men must prioritise prayer (v8). For reasons best known to themselves, some men think Intercession is women’s business! So they abdicate this vital role–with dangerous consequences. The reason why our churches and societies are in such trouble is, at least in part, due to the neglect of the ministry of prayer by male believers. (Praise God for women who are not following suit!)

Let all men from every background rise up and pray. Let young men and older men of our generation stand up and worship. Let every mother teach her boys to pray. Let every father set a good example of prayerfulness. Let every parent and mentor teach our guys to trust God and employ the weapon of prayer. Jesus was a man of prayer. So was Moses. So was Elijah. So was Paul of Tarsus. So should we be!

Observe also the requirement to lift up holy hands to God. Every true Christian must learn the value of raising hands in humble adoration before God (Psalm 63:3; 134:2). Biblically, the combination of worship with uplifted hands is very powerful. Don’t neglect it! Remember how Israel triumphed as long as Moses’ hands were uplifted (Exodus 17:11)? This is a powerful symbolism we must not underrate. (Tip: research this in the Word)

Thirdly, let us be in the habit of praying without wrath and doubt. These are deadly hindrances to answered prayer. These are weights and sins that impede our spiritual race. Beloved, let us rid ourselves of the burdens of annoyance, bitterness, irritability, resentment and anger of every sort. Let us shun all doubts, fear and unbelief. Let the men (and women) of our generation rise up in prayerful holiness, purity, humility and faith. Our lives will never be the same. Nor will our communities, circumstances and church.

Pastor Josh