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1 Timothy 1
Dear teacher God,
teach us your gospel, that our training may be in divine truth that is known by faith.
Make our aim to teach love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith.
Motivate us to turn from all sinful behavior,
and to pay no attention to false teachers, for they would deceive us.
God, we trust the faithful saying,
the saying that is worthy of full acceptance,
that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners,
and to give eternal life to all who believe.
And God, because your love for the world is so great,
and salvation came at such a high cost,
we acknowledge you the King of the Ages,
immortal, invisible, the only God.
We ascribe to you honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 2
Dear Listening God,
you desire that we pray to you,
not just for ourselves and friends,
but for all people, especially for all in places of authority,
so we may all live peaceable lives in godliness and dignity.
Prayers such as these are right and acceptable to you
who desire everyone to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For You, God, are the only true God.
You have given us Jesus,
the only mediator between God and us.
Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all.
1 Timothy 3
Dear Father of the new household you gather in the name of Jesus,
show us how to behave ourselves in a manner that fits Your new creation, your kingdom.
When we desire to serve you in the offices of your new community,
we desire a good thing, but to do so we need to give ourselves to newness of life, a manner of conduct clearly distinct from the behavior of so many in this world.
We need to take the beams from our own eyes
before we try to take the specks from the eyes of others.
You desire to have us well-thought of by outsiders,
but to our shame we have too often disgraced your name and brought shame on Your people.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We thank you for the coming of Jesus, your Son.
He was revealed in flesh like ours,
vindicated in Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
and taken up in glory.
Wonderful Savior, glorious Lord!
1 Timothy 5
Dear Father God, you desire that we treat one another with dignity, respect and wisdom,
so that all of us,
men and women alike,
may be assisted to live a godly life,
to live in purity of heart,
and have all our needs met.
Show each of us how to fulfill
our functions in the community.
May we deal wisely with sinners,
so that they may be restored to a good relationship with you.
Help us to observe that our deeds, sinful or good,
will not remain hidden,
but that you will deal with us
as is right and fitting.
You will be merciful and forgiving, we trust,
because of our Savior. Amen.
1 Timothy 6
Dear Father God,
we do not always know how commands given long ago apply in our time. Therefore we urgently pray for godly wisdom to live kingdom lives in our time in accordance with the words and teaching of scripture.
Move us from envy and greed to become people who are content with godliness. We confess that we, too, can be seduced by the love of money to the point of falling away from faith.
Help us by your spirit to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Help us to fight the good fight of faith, to take hold of eternal life, to which were called and for which you created us.
Teach us to live before the face of the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.
To you be honor and eternal dominion!
Thank you for providing us with good things for our enjoyment, for doing good, to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share, thus storing up for ourselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, and to take hold of life that is life indeed.