Scripture Reading: II Thessalonians 3:1-5
“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.” (II Thessalonians 3:1,2)
When you read Paul’s epistles, you will be amazed at how much he writes about prayer. He often asked for prayer because he knew he needed it and he knew that those who are involved in missions and ministry need prayer as well. Christian workers (missionaries, pastors, teachers, and lay leaders) need prayer because of the tremendous responsibilities they bear. This is especially true for those who preach and teach the Word of God.
We need to pray for the rapid spread of the Word of the Lord. The literal reading is “that the word of the Lord may run its race.” God’s Word is powerful and it will accomplish God’s purpose — “So shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). We must remember that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
We are to pray that those who hear God’s Word will honor it. The Word of God is honored when it is accepted by faith and obeyed. Paul pointed to the Thessalonians as examples of the Word of God spreading and being honored.
We must also pray for the protection of those who preach and teach God’s Word. There will be opposition from “wicked and evil men,” who resist the Word. Lack of faith explains their hostile attitude toward Christ and His Word.
We need to pray specifically for missionaries, pastors, teacher, lay leaders and other kingdom workers we know and love. Take time now to lift up your pastors, teachers and missionaries in prayer. They need your faithful prayer support.
Lord Jesus, I pray for those who preach and teach Your Word. I pray for my pastor today. Bless him this week as he prepares to preach. Give him insight into Your Word and give him the ability to proclaim it boldly. I pray for the rapid spread of Your Word. Be with those around the world who faithfully preach and teach the Word of God. May many hear it and be brought into Your Kingdom.
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