Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you, 2 and that we may be rescued from wicked and evil people; for not all have faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)
– Paul says prayer is what he needs for the word of the Lord to spread rapidly and everywhere
– What is true of the Thessalonians Paul desires to be true of everyone
– He also sees prayer as the answer to wicked and evil people – who, by this words here, are defined as people without faith
I have been preaching during May about the church in Acts. Across the distance of history I am struck with how simple they were in the best sense. No fretting about strategy, for instance. No consultations or coaching required.
I wonder for myself how much I need to recover this… to see what I do as a pastor, what we do as a church, as powered primarily by prayer rather than programming, by prayer rather than marketing, by prayer rather than strategy. These things all bring something to modern ministry and we ought not throw out the baby with the bath water. But we ought to reclaim the center and source of the church’s power and witness. I doubt we’ll be sorry.
O Lord, may I covet prayer as the way for mission and ministry to happen. May I pray myself – for what has been entrusted to me and to my church and for others – for the word of the Lord to spread, for the name of the Lord to be glorified. Amen.