Paul taught Timothy the ropes and requirements for leadership. In the two letters that he wrote to Timothy, Paul underlined necessary traits like character, calling, and commitment. Before Paul touched on these subjects he revealed the most important qualification for spiritual leadership – prayer.
Without prayer, all of the teaching that followed would be futile. For this minister to reach his potential he must start with prayer. It doesn’t matter if you are leading your family, a volunteer team, or a church; prayer must be first. Great plans are necessary, but to navigate those plans successfully you must begin with prayer.
Paul taught Timothy by example how to pray. Paul was a man of prayer and given to the practice of daily prayer.
Note some of the attributes of Paul’s prayers.
- Worship/adoration – I Timothy 1:17
- Praise/thanksgiving – I Corinthians 15:57
- Confession of sin – Romans 7:18-19
- Petition – Ephesians 1:16
- Intercession – Romans 8:26-27
- Unceasing – II Timothy 1:3
- Strenuous – Galatians 4:19
- Submissive – II Corinthians 12:8-9
- Confident – Acts 27:23-28
- Strategic – Colossians 2:1-3
- Spirit led – I Corinthians 14:15
If ConnectPoint is going to be given to something – let us be given to prayer (Acts 6:4).