Paul’s Prayer for Us


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 2; 1 Chronicles 29; Psalm 95; 2 Thessalonians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

 

I really like reading Paul’s writings in the New Testament.  One of the things I especially like is that more often than not Paul prayed for the various churches to which he was writing.  In verses 11 and 12 in today’s key passage, Paul wrote, “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  Paul was praying for three main things for his brothers and sisters in Christ in Thessalonica, and I believe that if he were talking to us today he would pray for the same three things for each of us.

First, Paul prayed that God’s power might strengthen us.  God’s power is evident in the wonders of His creation, and it is evident repeatedly in the Bible.  God displayed His power in the parting of the Red Sea, in the healing of the blind, and in paying the ultimate price for our sins through His Son Jesus Christ.  That power that is so miraculously on display throughout the Living Word is also available to each one of us today.  It is available to us when we are facing trials.  It is available to us in overcoming our fears and worries.  It is available to us in everything we do as long as we seek it.  Paul is praying that the awe-inspiring power of God would give each of us strength.

Secondly, Paul prayed that God’s purpose would be fulfilled in us.  While the strength of God is wonderful in helping us overcome trials or temptations, that same strength is also available to help us fulfill God’s purposes in the world.  Each and every one of us has a distinct purpose in this life.  Whether you know it or not, whether you believe it or not, you were put on this earth for a reason.  God has a purpose for you.  Maybe you have not found it yet.  Maybe you are still searching for it.  It does not matter how old you are.  It does not matter what sinful things you have done in the past.  It does not matter what position you are in right now.  God has a purpose for you, and Paul’s prayer is that His purpose will be fulfilled in you.

Finally, Paul prayed that God would be glorified through us.  One of God’s purposes for each of our lives is that He will be glorified through us and in us.  He wants our lives to be a living reflection of His glory.  To truly glorify God in our lives, we must live our lives like Jesus Christ himself.  In everything we do, we are to live a Christ-like life, and we are to let His light shine through us for everyone else to see.

When you put it all together, you can see the full picture of what Paul is really praying for each of us.  Paul is praying that God’s power will strengthen each one of us, and by that power, we will be able to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives, with one of those purposes being the glorification of God through us.  It is a beautiful prayer for the Thessalonians, and it is a beautiful prayer for each one of us.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on May 17, 2014, in 14 - 2 Thessalonians and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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