As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.
In the last couple of weeks at SCF’s Monday online prayer meeting (called “One Prayer”) we’ve been taking time to pray for missions and the work done to reach the unreached.
According to joshuaproject.net, an unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance.
Paul’s prayer request in today’s verses are still applicable today. Prayer brings us together as the Body of Christ, keeping our minds on Him, lifting each other up and recognizing that we all need Him. Paul asks the Thessalonians to pray for the Gospel to “spread rapidly and be honored”, the same way it was with them. When we ourselves have been transformed by the Gospel, His work in our lives become tangible, propelling us to want the same for others.
The work of taking the Gospel to all the Earth is not free from persecution and wicked and evil people coming against it. Prayer becomes a way we can partner with those who are physically going (and perhaps nurture in us a desire to also go!).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.