DEVOTION – DAY 98
1 Timothy 2:5 “Approaching God Correctly”
1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”
This verse is useful to remind us that the way is open to anyone to approach God, the Father through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why Christians are to pray to God, the Father, through Jesus Christ the Son, with the help of the Holy Spirit. And Christians usually end their prayer requests to God by saying, “we pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” This verse tells us Jesus is the mediator. A mediator is like a go-between. He is the one who represents God to mankind, and He is also the one who represents mankind to God. He is the one who removes the barrier between sinful human beings and the Holy God by “giving himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Timothy 2:6). Jesus Christ is the only One who can be the mediator because He is fully God and fully Man.
Although the way is open to anyone to approach God, the Father in prayer – by simply believing by faith that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and that he rose again on the third day, yet there are people who do not do that. I have Catholic friends who tell me that they pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus because Mary will tell her Son, Jesus and Jesus will answer our prayers because Jesus obeys His mother. So, some of my Catholic friends will choose to pray to Mary. I also have people come up to me to ask me to pray for them because they think my prayers are more powerful. I always tell them that they can pray for themselves and God hears everyone who has a personal relationship with Him through belief in His Son, Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I assure them that their prayers are just as powerful when they seek God with a sincere and contrite heart. And I know people who are drawn to cults that encourage people to follow the prayers of their leaders. And some of you may have followed videos or TV programs by people like Joel Osteen who have been known to tell people they have the power within themselves to pray away their failing health issues, or follow his prayers. When people like Joel Osteen do that, the focus is on themselves and their power, and not on God. 1 Timothy 2:5 reminds us that we have one God and there is only one way to God, through Jesus Christ, the Son.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have made the way open for us to come into your holy presence with the assurance that you hear our prayers when we approach you through belief in your Son, Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Thank you for graciously hearing and answering our prayers. In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
- What do you understand about the phrase “praying to God through the Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit”? Discuss.
- How do you normally pray to God?
- What other examples do you see today where people try to approach God in ways that are not biblical? How can you help such people to approach God correctly? Share and Discuss.