Question 331

By: Robert Serreyn

Question? What does supplications mean in 1 Timothy 2:1?

(1 Timothy 2:1) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.


The Greek Word for Supplications is DEESIS and it means Request or Petition.

In other words, it simply means to Ask for Something.

A good example of the use of this word is found in Psalms 142:1 & 2

(Psalms 142:1,2) I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. (2) I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

King David here was praying while he was hiding in a cave (V1) and as it says in V2 He (King David) POUR OUT his complaint to God and MADE IT KNOWN unto him (God) about what was troubling him.

King David was Asking, Requesting, and Petitioning (Supplication) the Lord for help and guidance in a situation that was troubling him.

In 1 Peter 5:7 the Bible states…

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

The Lord WANT US to come to him in prayer and Ask, Request and Petition for his help just as King David had done MANY TIMES.

1 Timothy 2:1 simply lays out different types of prayers, which are…

– Supplications = Asking, or Requesting

– Prayers = Talking to the Lord as YOU WOULD confide to a close friend or Pastor.

– Intercessions = Praying to or Asking God on the behalf of others.

– Giving Thanks = Praising the Lord for answered prayers

In Conclusion:

The Word of God EXHORTS (to strongly encourage) US to ALWAYS pray and WITHOUT stopping.

(Luke 18:1) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

(1 Thessalonians 5:17) Pray without ceasing.

Prayer is for OUR BENEFIT and the Lord WANTS US to bring everything to him in prayer.

(Philippians 4:6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.

-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8

-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24

-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9

“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23