A Prayer for Me

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.


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SCRIPTURE

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)

OBSERVATION

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.

APPLICATION

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.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

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.

Thank you.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

A Prayer for You

2 Thessalonians

SCRIPTURE

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (NLT)

OBSERVATION

This is Paul’s second letter to the church in Thessalonica. In the U.S. Wall Street in New York City is recognized as the economic center of our nation. Chicago is a close second with the Chicago Board of Trade. Thessalonica is to Greece what Chicago is to the U.S. It is a city that still stands today. It’s population is roughly equivalent to Tulsa and the surrounding area.

The book begins with an encouragement I hope can be said of me, “…your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.” He challenges them to stand fim in the face of persecution and assures them that God knows, cares and will one day bring justice. He ends with a prayer. It’s a prayer I pray for me, my family, friends, church and others.

APPLICATION

I want to live a life worthy of God’s call. That doesn’t mean I’ll always get it right. It doesn’t mean I’m trying to earn God’s favor. But by God’s power and because of God’s grace I can do better. I can become more than I imagined possible on my own. I want to live in a way that honors God. These verses say that living that way will bring you honor too.

God leads us where he wants us to go. Paul’s prayer covers that, “May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”

What has your faith prompted you to do today? God has given you the power to accomplish it. What holds you back? What’s your excuse? None is sufficient. It is God working in you and through you to accomplish what your faith has prompted you to do. There’s no need to wait any longer. Become the answer to the prayer I’ll pray today and do all that your faith prompts you to do.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us everything we need for life and godliness. Today I pray the same thing Paul prayed. I pray this for myself, my family, my friends, the people of my church and for those who are reading this – I ask God, “…to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Thank you.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad