Prayer for the spread of the gospel, the faithfulness of God, and His directing of hearts

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2 Thessalonians 3

1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

 

Reading this passage this morning led me to a few thoughts.  First was the realization that the Apostle Paul’s greatest prayer request was not for his health and well-being nor for the health of others.  Paul’s greatest prayer request was for the speedy spread of the Gospel.  He knew that the only way for the Gospel to take effect was for the Spirit of God to prepare hearts of men and women to receive it.  Paul never assumed that he was good at evangelism and that is why it worked; no, he knew and sought the continued power of God to take the Word of God into the hearts of those who needed to be saved.  Join me in a greater passion for the lost and a greater intensity in prayer for them to hear the Word and be saved.

Secondly, I was brought to remembrance the faithfulness of God.  When we are unfaithful He remains faithful.  He, in His faithfulness to us, establishes us in Him and guards us from the evil one, Satan, who desires our destruction.  There isn’t much in the Christian life that is up to me.  I am to rest in the faithfulness of God and be established in Him by Him so that He will be the guard of my life.  God is able and God is faithful to carry me through my life.

Then I saw in verse 5 that God is the one who directs the hearts of those I care for into the love and the patience of Christ.  As a preacher, Paul’s content was second to none.  Peter spoke of the wisdom of Paul.  But even Paul acknowledged that it wasn’t his great instruction that directed the hearts of those who heard him but it was the Lord Himself who directed their hearts into His love and patience.  I am certain that I have been guilty of trying too hard to direct your hearts into the love and patience of Christ.  I am only the messenger with no power to change a heart.  May God take my messages from His word to direct your hearts continually into the love and the patience of Jesus Christ.

Today is Wednesday and tonight is Kids4Truth, Youth group, and adult prayer and Bible study.  See you at 7:00. 

Saturday night is our adult Christmas party and this year it is at Dennis and Sandy’s home.  This is always a fun-filled party with lots of laughter, food, and fellowship.  If you haven’t yet confirmed to Sandy that you are going please do.  If you don’t have her info, send a response to me and I will forward it to her. 

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

 

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