I missed writing yesterday, but not reading. I hope you’re keeping up too. Today we finish 2 Thessalonians. I’m headed to Habakkuk next. It’s three chapters.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2, “Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.” (NLT)
In my last post I offered up a prayer for you based on the words of Paul in chapter 1. Today I ask that you offer up a prayer for me based on Paul’s words in chapter 3. This too is my prayer for you.
In our day the message of the Lord has certainly spread rapidly and continues to do so. What’s missing are people who will honor that message. I don’t expect non-Believers to honor the message. I would be grateful if they would give it an honest listen. It would be nice if they would have the same patience and deference for the gospel as they do other systems of belief. But that’s not something I can expect by right. It’s a level of respect that must be earned.
Either way, it’s up to those who believe the gospel to honor the gospel. It’s up to us to live in such a way that non-believers would want to listen. So the first part of this prayer is that God would spread and magnify the gospel through me (and you), not simply through our words, but through our lives, through the stories we tell, through the choices we make and through the way we treat others and one another.
The second part of the prayer is for protection. There are some who will never believe. They will never receive. They will make themselves enemies of the gospel and deliberately stand in the way of all who believe. Paul asks God’s protection for people such as this. We should too.
Thank you for the life you’ve given me. I pray for those who read this, that the gospel would spread rapidly because of them and be honored by them. I pray that you would protect them from those people who have deliberately made themselves enemies of the cross. Fill us with your spirit and the fruit of your spirit. Do in us what only you can do.
I love you, in Jesus name –