January 12, 2013
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1 Timothy 2:1-4 – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come the knowledge of the truth. (RSV)

Some of our questions about why pray and how to pray begin to find answers when we look at the apostle Paul's instructions about prayer found at 1 Timothy 2:1-4 within a conceptual framework of:

  • Make statements
  • On behalf of…
  • To accomplish…

1. Paul listed four kinds of statements to be made:

  • A – Ask or state the need. (Supplications)
  • W – Worship God. (Prayers)
  • I – Intercede — for yourself or others, in the name of Christ; resist evil and ask the Holy Spirit to destroy evil's work.
  • T – Thank God.

Rearrange the initial letters of those four words and you have the acronym "W.A.I.T." W.A.I.T.ing is making statements that Paul told us are good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. The phrase, "First of all, I urge" means to give first and top priority.

2. Our W.A.I.T.ing statements are made on behalf of:

  • all people
  • kings (decision makers), and
  • all in high positions (prominent and influential)

3. Our W.A.I.T.ing statements are made:

  • so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way, and
  • because God desires all men to be saved and to come the knowledge of the truth.

I find W.A.I.T.ing so rich and satisfying because I feel the Lord's pleasure as I announce His good news, whether in private or at a service of public worship. Does this conceptual framework add meaning and value to your times with the Lord?

Prayer: Loving, creating, eternal Father, in the name of Christ Jesus, we ask: please help us to understand prayer. We give You thanks for all that we may learn from the Bible and from Your saints! Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:


    Thanks for a wonderful reminder Pat.

    This is good!! Thanks for sharing.

    Amen Pat – never underestimate the power of prayer! God bless and have a great weekend.

    Pat, how neat is that acronym! WAIT! Worship, Ask, Intercede and Thanksgiving. You put Paul’s words so simply and truthfully. Thank you for sharing this with us. Blessings.

    Dear Pat:
    Thank you for a great devotional. I am studying a commentary on Paul’s letters and it fits with that line of thought. Great work!!

    Dear Pat: I enjoyed your message very much this morning.
    Waiting can seem difficult in our busy lives these days but God has His reasons and timing.

    Hi Pat. Every now and then I read a devotional and I choose to keep it because I know I will want to refer to it again. Clarity of thought is a gift.
    Thank you.

    Thanks Pat.
    As a retired teacher I really appreciated the way in which you titled and arranged the order of prayer.
    So many people would like to pray but lack any methodology of going about it.
    This devotional deserves a printing out and a place among one’s devotional books.

    I liked how clear and coherent your reading was. You displayed a style in your writing that put in a lot of useful information (& knowledge) that I personally appreciated (and I NEED to hear it in my spiritual walk). Paul certainly was guided by the light of Christ.

    Thank you for sharing this wisdom with me and others. I have and will continue to use the WAIT as Paul described. A wonderful reminder.

    Well worth the read! Thanks Pat.

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