Week of May 13 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: 2 Timothy 1:7

 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Day 1 Read: 2 Timothy 1:3

 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.

Reflect: How does Paul demonstrate his love and devotion to his protégé Timothy?

Consider: The word for constantly occurs only twice in the whole New Testament, here and in Rom 9:2 (“unceasing”). It denotes continuous engagement in some activity, which in this case is the act of remembering someone in prayer. The word for remember appears only here in the Pastoral Letters. In a general sense, it denotes recalling some information but without necessarily implying that such information has been forgotten. In this context, however, it denotes both recalling and mentioning; an appropriate restructuring would then be “I always remember to mention you (or to include you) in my prayers” or “Every time I pray, I always remember to mention your name.”[1]

Respond: How do YOU demonstrate your love and devotion to those most important to you? Why is it important to pray continually and remember by name?

 

[1] Daniel C. Arichea and Howard Hatton, A Handbook on Paul’s Letters to Timothy and to Titus, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1995), 169.