Prayer in Public Worship
Verse 1 – Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving thanks be made for all men,
Verse 2 – for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
What is the first thing some churches do when a service starts? They sing or read fifteen minutes of announcements. If they sing, it’s over after three songs, then announcements. There might be a less than one minute prayer and then preaching. Well, where’s the prayers? When do they take the time to earnestly pray? We used to years ago. Most churches are too busy today with their agenda. They have more or less booted the Holy Spirit out of the church completely.
I remember a time spent at the altar praying for the lost, our nation, and healings to take place. Then we saw miracles. I pray all churches get back to prayer and then we will see things change and lives being saved!
Verse 3 – For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
Verse 4 – who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Never assume that anyone is beyond God’s mercy or too far to reach and offer salvation. Christ died for all.
Verse 5 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Verse 6 – who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
Verse 7 – for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle – I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying – a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Our sin separated us from God and only One Person could stand between us and God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 8 – Therefore I desire that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
Verse 9 – in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
Verse 10 – but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
Is it wrong for women with long hair to braid it or to wear jewelry? No. What Paul is saying is that, women are to dress modestly. Not flashy as to cause attention to themselves. An external decoration which occupies the mind more than the virtue of the heart, and takes more attention to obtain in order to draw attention to ourselves, we can be certain is wrong.
Verse 11 – Let a women learn in silence with all submission.
Paul is very clear in Scripture about a woman teaching in public. However we see this all the time, don’t we?
Verse 12 – And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
Paul was likely forbidding the Ephesian women from teaching, not all women though. If you’ll recall, Priscilla taught Apollos, the great preacher of Acts 18:24-26. If the man is to have spiritual authority over a woman, then a woman cannot be over a congregation with both men and women.
Some don’t like these verses and ignore them, but I didn’t write it, Paul did.
Verse 13 – For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
Verse 14 – And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
Man was made first and made as the lord of this lower creation and placed in the garden, and then the woman was made of a rib taken from his side, and given to Adam, not as lord, but as a companion. All the circumstances combined show the subordinate nature of her rank, and to prove that she was not designed to exert authority over the man.
Verse 15 – Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
This verse is not to mean that women can only be saved through childbearing. This simply means they have a unique noble role.