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I'll Pray For You

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 View Comments Comments (0)
 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
 
Has this ever happened to you; someone asks you to pray for them and they share an urgent need, but you are embarrassed when they come to you several weeks later thanking you for your prayers because you forgot to pray?  It has always been incumbent upon God's children to pray.  In Samuel's parting words to Israel he said in 1 Samuel 12:23 "Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you."  I'll go so far as to say that intercessory prayer is an obligation for those laboring together for God's glory because we are constantly in need of Christ's help.
     The marks of a healthy church is that under pressure their faith is growing and their love is increasing.  Now of course the source of a Christian's strength and endurance in times of pressure will come from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is why I believe that prayer is the vital channel through which God's power flows.
     The Apostle Paul praying for the believers in Thessalonica focused his prayers around three things.  First, their worthiness.  Paul had just shared the hope of Christ's return, but he didn't want them to be so heavenly minded that they were no earthly good.  We must never neglect a present responsibility because of a future hope.  Paul wanted them to be worthy when they entered glory in the future, but they needed to live in a worthy manner in the present.
     When the trials and pressures of life squeeze a person their true character comes out.  There's a poem that says,
 "To dwell above with the saints we love, that will be grace and glory.  To live below with the saints we know; now that's another story!"  
Trials do not make a person, but they do reveal what a person is made of.  We need to pray that God would make us more worthy and more valuable as Christians because of the trials we have endured in His strength and power.
     Secondly, Paul prayed for their walk.  Notice in our text he prayed that they v.11 "may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power."  We need to pray for each other that we will be resolute in our will and empowered by God to do His will.  Character must lead to conduct.
     Finally, Paul prayed for their witness v.12 "so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him."  He's not only talking about the day when, "every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."  (Philippians 2:10-11)  Not just that day when everyone will say, "You Christians were right," but Paul was also also praying that as we live out our Christian faith, v.12 "according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ," we will reveal HIs glory.
     Grace and glory go together.  How we conduct ourselves in the midst of the difficulties of life is a part of our witness.  Romans 5:2 says, "Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God."  Next time someone asks you to pray for them consider praying for their worthiness, their walk and their witness.
 
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