Friday, January 4, 2008

The Fourth Prayer of 2 Thessalonians

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men.  For not all have faith.
--2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (ESV)

The fourth exhortation to prayer found in 2 Thessalonians is a direct command: "Brothers, pray for us."  Paul, a missionary, asked for prayer that more could be saved.  Since not all had faith, there was a need for the word of the Lord to spread and be honored among all nations.  In our age, we face the same situation.  Not all have faith.  In fact, some have never heard the word of the Lord.

In my last post, I wrote about salvation being the Lord's work.  One of the applications of this truth is dependence on God for missions and evangelism.  God and God alone saves.  He also loves to answer prayer.  Our prayer, made possible through Jesus's mediation, has power.  Put these truths together and the obvious application is to pray for the Lord to save.  Our prayers can--and I believe will--be answered and cause the ultimate change in many people's lives.  

May we always pray fervently that the Lord would cause His word to speed ahead and be honored for the glory of Jesus Christ and the salvation of the world.

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