1 Timothy 2

A Gospel-Shaped Prayer Life

The Target of Prayer (1-4)

Paul begins to lay out the Gospel lifestyle by calling followers to prayer, the kind of prayer that would concentrate on God's desire for all to be saved. Paul calls for all kinds of prayer (1) to be prayed for all kinds of people (1-2), so our example could be godly, dignified, and peaceful, leading people to the truth (3).

The Motive of Prayer (5-7)

Paul then tells Timothy why we pray—because there is one Mediator between God and man, and He gave Himself as the very means by which the whole world is liberated (5-6). This is the truth Paul is devoted to and the faith into which he seeks to bring the Gentile world (7).

The Call to Prayer (8-15)

Because Paul is focused on the salvation of the world, he wants everyone to pray, so he addresses two problems at the church at Ephesus. First, he calls on men to replace their rage, which was leading to a great deal of arguing, with prayer for their world (8). Second, Paul calls for women to concentrate more on their conduct then their clothing (9). The men were angry and arguing; the women were dolling themselves up, seeking prominence and power over men, and Paul was calling for the ladies to put less emphasis on attracting attention and power with their looks and to quiet down the sensual attire (10), and instead let the Christ-like equality of the body of Christ to find its rhythm (11-12). Men were to take the initiative in the protective sense within the fellowship, as was the order of creation (13). Men were also to allow women to take up their roles in leadership and non-leadership functions, as the very salvation and continuing of their gender was made possible through women’s giving birth to them (14-16).