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14 September 2018
Prayer that the message would spread without hindrance.
“Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one… May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”
(2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)
In this prayer, we see a shift from Paul praying for the churches, to Paul seeking for the church to pray for him. It’s clear just from this section but also more broadly in the letter that Paul is facing opposition and persecution at this point in his life.
For us as a church at this time it seems as though both opportunities and challenges are more present. We’re seeing new doors open, exciting mission opportunities and fruitfulness but we’re also facing difficult challenges, and, dare I say it, the opposition of the evil one. This prayer is in many ways a prayer that captures the longing of the Leadership Team right now.
Paul doesn’t give up in his desire to see the message spread rapidly in the face of opposition but he does come to prayer and ask the church to pray. That’s what this week has all been about!
Today, let’s come together and pray that God would:
- Cause the message of the gospel to spread rapidly and be honoured
- Use us all for his purpose, our time, energy, gifts and money
- Provide a minister for the ongoing vacancy
- Work in and through the upcoming Real Lives events
- Work in and through the developments on the East
- Protect us and deliver us from the evil one
- Direct our hearts as a church into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance
God is mighty. He has power. He is willing to act and though our battle is not against flesh and blood he already holds the victory. Let’s press on today, this week and this term – remembering who God is and what he is capable of.
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear."