Living the Bible

The Prayer Pivot (2-minute version)

August 01, 2020 Season 5 Episode 11
Living the Bible
The Prayer Pivot (2-minute version)
Show Notes

Let’s use 1 Timothy 2:1-2 and to make a prayerful pivot from self to God and from self to people.


“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made...”

There are small differences between these different prayer words:

  • Supplications: This kind of prayer arises from a sense of need and makes specific requests for specific needs.
  • Prayers: A catch-all word for prayer but with an emphasis on bringing requests to God in a worshipful spirit.
  • Intercessions: Bold pleas on the behalf of others, involves advocacy and empathy.
  • Thanksgivings: Prayer is not just about getting but also about giving.

He’s not saying, “Check off these different kinds of prayer,” but, “Pray lots of prayers.” Prayer is not about working through a checklist but pouring out our hearts to God.

Prayer is not a checklist, it’s a heartcheck.

What happens when we pivot to God in prayer?


“...for all people, kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

When we pour out our hearts to God, God pours our his heart in us, so that we pour out our hearts for people.

  • For all people: Let there be all kinds of prayer for all kinds of people. Lots of prayer for lots of people.
  • For world leaders: The church was facing increasing persecution, but Paul’s solution was not to run away from these leaders, but run to God in prayer for them.
  • For world peace: Peace and quiet are the best conditions for practicing, commending, and spreading the Gospel. 

For this (all these prayers for all these people) is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.

When we pivot our hearts to God, God pivots our hearts towards people.


Turn your heart to God and he’ll turn your heart to people. We see that perfectly in Jesus whose heart was perfectly turned to God and therefore perfectly turned to people.

Bring your small, scared, and self-centered heart to God and he will give you his heart for people: big, courageous, and loving.

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