1 Timothy 2:8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to work in a deli. Actually, let me rephrase that: I was assigned to work in the deli. At the time, I was stocking shelves and looking for a promotion. I was hoping for cashier, but they really needed someone in the deli for just a short time. So I would be working there first. A couple of things worth noting… 1. I didn’t enjoy it. 2. It wasn’t a short time. You should know that at the time, I was in my early twenties and every other worker in the deli was a female not in their early twenties. I can only explain the working atmosphere as uncomfortable. I felt like an alien who didn’t speak the language, didn’t get the jokes, and couldn’t relate to the stories. I was the lone dude in a world of ladies. (For the record these were good women. I just didn’t fit well in their culture.) And this dude didn’t want to work in the deli!
I’ve noticed another subculture in the church that can often resemble my deli experience. It’s the prayer ministry. Now, before you start writing hate comments, let me explain myself. Our churches are full of faithful, praying women. Ladies, please do not stop praying; you are needed! But prayer teams seem to be lacking men who would find it valuable to seek the Lord. I wonder why that is? Is it because as men we don’t see sitting at the feet of Jesus, basking in His presence, and pouring out our lives as perfume masculine enough? Maybe. Honestly, even typing that sentence made me cringe. But maybe that kind of language is used because men aren’t there to define the language we use.
1 Timothy 2:8 is a specific charge to men. In this verse, Paul is not speaking about general mankind. He is talking about MEN. He is calling men to pray. He is calling men to lift up holy hands. We are to worship. We are to sing. We are to lift our hands to God. We are to dance… oh wait that escalated quickly. Men everywhere are called to pray! For “everywhere” to happen, every man must take up the call to prayer in his life. Our prayer meetings should be filled with both MEN and WOMEN calling on the name of the Lord.
It’s time to rise up, men of God!
*Have you relegated the ministry of prayer to the women of the church? If you have, it’s time to rise up and take your place. We should be seeing BOTH men and women everywhere praying and lifting holy hands to God.