2 Timothy 1
Paul exhorts Timothy to rekindle his zeal for the Christian life and ministry.
A number of years have passed between the writing of 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy. During that time, Timothy has faced great trial and opposition and is in danger of discontinuing his ministry. Paul writes a terse letter of exhortation, urging strength and constancy. A list of phrases used in this book include:"stir up," "do not be ashamed," "hold fast," "be strong," "endure hardship," "be diligent, "flee youthful lusts," "pursue righteousness," and "preach the word!" In the heat of battle, short and powerful commands are easy to comprehend.
As you consider God's love for you, praise Him that He guides your spiritual growth:
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. . . .
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You (Psalm 9:1-2, 9-10).
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
There is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
"In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength" (Isaiah 30:15).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
the leading of the Lord in your life,
opportunities for evangelism,
your activities for the day,
whatever else is on your heart.
Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24).
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