Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions, and Thanksgivings

In connection with the order of the house of God, we are to remember before God all men; kings and all who are in dignity; for the well-being of His own, and the salvation of men—

We are to make (1) “supplications, (2) prayers, (3) intercessions, and (4) thanksgivings” (1 Tim. 2:1).

The first is an earnest entreaty in the sense of need or indigence; it is once used of the Lord. (See Heb. 5:7.)

The second is an address or request made with devotion to God; it is most generally used.

The third is a confiding converse or interview with privileged freedom and intimacy. It is only used once more, and there the N.Tr. translates it “freely addressing God” (1 Tim. 4:5). The verb is used to describe the Lord’s present intercession in heaven (Rom. 8:23; Heb. 7:25).

The fourth is a responsive expression of gratitude to God, and it is to mark us at all times, in all things: