11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
In the closing of this chapter we read a prayer Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (since Paul couldn’t have been there physically himself – see chapter 2:18). From this prayer we can learn two things that we can include in our daily prayers. Firstly, Paul prayers that God will make a way for him to visit the Thessalonians. Yes, Paul can as easily decide to visit them, however Paul understood the importance of prayer and the desire to do God’s will. For in God we live, and move, and have our being. The second point we can learn from this payer is that Paul desired for the Thessalonians (and something that we should desire for ourselves too) is to increase and abound in love towards one another (referring to the Thessalonians believers) and to all men (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- When you have to make decisions, how often do you pray before you act?
- When you pray, do you only pray for yourself and your needs or for the others (believers and non-believers?
Pray for somewhere in the world that needs God’s attention. Flick to a news app or website, and pick a news story to pray for.