Pray Continually for One Another
Posted: Saturday, October 15
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Verse of the day:
"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." (Thessalonians 3:1)
Paul, Silas and Timothy, started this epistle talking about how they pray for the Thessalonians and would ask the Thessalonians to pray for them. When you truly believe prayer works, then you are praying for other Christians like never before, and asking them to pray for you with the same fervor. What do Paul and the others request? Is it just for freedom from a prison cell—is it for money? No, they ask for “The word of the Lord” to be shared all over the world, (“that it spreads rapidly”), and for it to be honored and exalted, (“glorified”).
Next he asks for God to deliver them from “unreasonable and wicked men.”
We should keep these things in mind; the same things that we struggle with today Paul and his contemporaries struggled with in the first century. We need to be praying for an honoring of God’s word—unlike anything this world has ever known. We also need to be praying for evil to be restrained. We know that this world is getting closer to the time of the rapture, but we don’t know when the Rapture will happen—it is entirely possible for God to give us a great revival prior to that time—so let’s keep praying for each other and for the Church around the world.
And if and when it becomes our turn to pray from prison, (prison can represent so many adversarial things), then we too, like Paul, will have a host of others praying for us.
That kind of dedication to each other, and to the Kingdom of God, will get the “Word” out to others who need to hear its life changing message—“just as it came to us.”