“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8
"While it is the privilege of all of God’s children to pray to Him, and we have the example of the prayers of both men and women recorded in Scripture, yet, because Paul is here speaking of public prayer in the assembly, it is addressed particularly to men everywhere and the spirit with which they are to pray.
"'Men every where', shows that it is not limited to men of certain title. There are some organizations that limit public prayer to pastors, elders, or deacons, who may be officially recognized and ordained to those offices. Because of a certain authority imposed upon them by some institution or organization, they are set above the people in a 'clergy' and laity distinction. However, we do not find any such distinctions in Scripture with regard to authority being conferred based on title, education, or position as conferred by men.
"Having made that statement, there are two qualifications imposed by God the Spirit on any man who would lead the congregation in worship.
1. 'Lifting up holy hands'- These are men who evidence their justification (declared righteousness) before God through faith in His Son and His finished work at Calvary. The thief on the cross addressed such a prayer to God in crying, 'Remember me when thou comest in Thy kingdom,' Luke 23:42. He had nothing in himself as holiness to recommend him to God, but Christ’s acknowledgment of him as accepted by His imputed righteousness was all sufficient for Him. The publican addressed such a prayer, lifting holy hands in crying, 'Be merciful to me a sinner,' Luke 18:13. He looked to the mercy seat, a type of Christ’s propitiation as his only righteousness before God, 1 John 2:2.
2. 'Without wrath and doubting'- Prayer is to be offered to God in an attitude of quietness, peace, and faith by those who know themselves redeemed and justified by the blood of Christ and called out by His Spirit. They know to whom their prayers are addressed, (the ALL Sovereign God), and believe that He hears and answers according to His will. Trouble, turmoil, and conflict in a congregation may at times cause someone to lash out in prayer, scold, or even doubt God’s presence. Nonetheless, may we ever pray to God in the same spirit as the church gathered in the first century, trusting God’s sovereign will and purpose as found in Acts 4:23-31, without an angry and unforgiving temper towards men." -- Ken Wimer, Shreveport Grace Church Bulletin - November 26, 2006