1Timothy 1:18 “This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith . . .” (ESV)
Paul gives some very good advice to us via his relationship with Timothy here. And I’m just quoting the gist of his advice and I encourage you to read the the entire passages that I’ve linked for you so you can get the context.
Taken together these statements (And they’re really just one statement when one examines the texts. Remember that the original manuscripts lacke the chapter and verse numbering.) essentially say that the foundation for living out our faith in Jesus Christ is prayer. And look at the kinds of prayers that are to be our foci: supplications, intercessions and thanksgiving for all people. A faith-filled life is to be full of prayer for others. If we don’t pray for others, the apostle tells us, we risk making a “shipwreck of [our] faith.” It doesn’t seem that Paul think this is something that we might want to consider doing, but something that we must do.
This is in stark contrast to what we see and experience and even do. We pray for ourselves: jobs,wealth, good health, prosperity, guidance, whatnot. If we are honest with ourselves, this is the kind of thing we pray for all the time. And rightly so even. Jesus tells us to ask our Father for what we need. But such things are not to be our primary mission as believers. No. We are to pray for others’ needs. Remember Jesus’ Commands are first and foremost to Love God with out entire beings, and a close second is that we are to Love others. (Mark 12:28-31)