Scripture: 1 Kings 4-5, 2 Chronicles 2, Psalm 101, 2 Thessalonians 3
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Finally, our brothers and sisters, pray for us, that the Lord’s message may continue to spread rapidly and be received with honor, just as it was among you. 2Pray also that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people; for not everyone believes the message.
Paul asks the Thessalonians to “Pray for us.” But notice what he asks them to pray for.
First, pray “that the Lord’s message may continue to spread rapidly and be received with honor.” Pray for the spread of the gospel. Pray that God will make us effective messengers of Christ, that He will use us to share the gospel widely and effectively.
Second, pray “that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people.” Pray for our safety.
Notice the order: first the gospel spreads, second our safety. Paul’s first concern was not for himself, but for Jesus and the lost and the mission.
So many of us—myself included—would pray first for our own safety and comfort. If you doubt that, look at what you pray for regularly. Most of our prayers have to do with our safety and comfort. We ask God to take away difficult situations, to keep us safe, make us healthy, give us what we need. These prayers are not wrong! They are just not first.
Paul’s first priority—and it should be mine—is the mission of Jesus: that the gospel would spread, that people would find and follow Jesus. This should be first in my thoughts, prayers and actions.
Prayer: Lord, may your gospel spread rapidly in our community and around the world, and be received with honor! And would you help me to live, think and pray with this priority! Make us effective at making disciples!