- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Timothy 1
The book of the second Timothy is Apostle Paul’s pastoral letter to Timothy during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome at the near end of his life. Encouragement with exhortation is the theme of the book.
Greeting (1-2) —- Paul’s typical greeting consists of his name, calling, and the name of receiver, and exaltation of God.
Encouragement (3-12) —- Timothy faced challenging situation at Ephesian church, especially from the false teachers. Paul knew it and he kept Timothy in prayer and in tear. Paul encouraged Timothy reminding him of his own faith which was inherited from his grandmother and mother, of his ordination and gift by the power of the Holy Spirit, of calling from God, and of assurance from the grace of God. Paul shared his own story of suffering, being chained in prison for the sake of the gospel unashamed. It was like when we know that we are not alone in suffering, we are more encouraged to get through hardship.
Exhortation (v.13-18) —- Paul exhorted Timothy to guard sound teaching with faith and love, which was entrusted to him. He reminded Timothy of the power of the Holy Spirit living in him. Onesiphorus was a freed Christian slave and Paul met him in Rome. Paul’s letter to Philemon mentioned about him.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.