As I was reading 2 Thessalonians today, Paul’s prayers really touched me. The things that he prayed for the Thessalonians is what I need prayer for. They’re what every Christian needs prayer for.
We always pray for you that our God will make you worthy of his calling, and by his power fulfill your every desire to do good and your work produced by faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified by you, and you by him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1:11-12)
So often we think that we have to make ourselves good. To change our lives by our own strength and will. But here Paul prays that God would make us worthy of his calling, and by his power fulfill our every desire to do good, and to bring to fulfillment every work we do by faith. And as we do so, Jesus will be glorified in us, and us in him. Not because of how good and wonderful we are, but because of the grace of the Father and the Son operating in our lives.
He then prays,
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word. (2:16-17)
May the Lord direct your hearts to God’s love and Christ’s endurance. (3:5)
At the root of our Christian faith is one basic fact: God loves us.
And Paul prays that Jesus would drive us to the Father’s love each day, receiving the encouragement and hope we all need. And as we do, he will strengthen us in every good work we do and every word we speak.
More, Paul prayed that when we face trials and afflictions as the Thessalonians did, that we would look to Christ and take courage from the endurance he showed in going to the cross for us to pay for our sins.
Like I said, so often we look inwardly as we walk this Christian life, trying to live in our own strength. But let Jesus direct you to the Father’s love. Remember the cross on which Jesus died. And as you meditate on these things, let these be the things drive you each day in everything you say and do.