1 Timothy…a prayer

1 Timothy is an amazing book for practical ministry instruction.  Among other things, chapter 2 calls men to prayer and worship.  Lord help my holy hands lifted to You as an expression of "all I have to offer" be an expression of my heart.  Build in me the qualities of a church leader from chapter 3…above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable and able to teach.  Help me not to be distracted by vain arguments and unsound doctrine.  Protect me by allowing me to receive Your word in a spirit of gratitude and prayer.  And Lord encourage and strengthen those who work hard to proclaim Your word.  Thank You for showing me that I am transitioning from youth to father in the sense of 1 Timothy 4 and 1 John 2 and help me to answer the call as one who has "known you from the beginning".  Help me to be sensitive to widows and those in need as I practice medicine as 1 Timothy 5 calls me.  Help me to flee "different doctrines and get rich quick schemes" and to pursue godliness with result not of material gain but of contentment and spiritual growth as in 1 Timothy 6…
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