When Paul starts to pray for those who are following Christ in Thessalonica, I love the fact that he stops and asks them to pray for him and those who work with him.
It is a request that I should be honouring today. There is a power in the word of God and it should be heard and by the power of the Holy Spirit, obeyed. The idea is not just by happenchance but with speed, direction and focus. I must pray that the word of God will be honoured and that many others will make a decision to follow Jesus.
Praying for others is so important for their eternal welfare too. My mom is 93 years old and I love knowing that she is praying for me. She is praying that I stay faithful and stay in the love of God – just like Paul prayed.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV
I cannot be a disciple if I do not delight in following the steps of Christ.
At the end of the day, my statement to God describes His love for me and my prayer for tomorrow.
You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
and bread to strengthen man’s heart. – Psalm 104:14-15 ESV
The oil strikes me most because I know the refining and crushing process it must go through to be the precious oil that it is. May I be found praying for others as much as I desire to be prayed for so this fruit of our labour may be shared with both of us.