Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Dear God, I think of two things when I read this. First, we are supposed to pray for things like blessing of the work you’ve called us to and protection from others. I probably don’t pray for specific things enough.
Second, the idea of having a “full understanding” and exuding an expression of your love, and then having patient endurance. I really like the phrase “patient endurance.”
I have several things happening today. I will address at least three groups throughout the day. While I am talking to all of them, I do pray that your Holy Spirit will completely fill me and express your love to those listening. One of my presentations is supposed to inspire people. One of them is to thank group of people and help them experience joy from their decision to partner with our group. And the third is to honor someone and give them a service award. The only way I will do justice to any of the three is if my heart is a complete expression of your love.
Father, please lead me into being all yours today. Help me to understand you a little better and worship you. Provide for what you know I need to be what you need me to be. Do it all for your glory and so that your will might be done on earth as it is in heaven.
In Jesus’s name I pray,