As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
When is the last time you prayed for a fellow Christian that the message of the Lord would spread rapidly and be honored? Personally, I’m convicted by that question. It’s easy to lose sight of our responsibility as followers of Jesus Christ to spread the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the hope that we have because he lives.
Paul had an urgency behind the prayer request when he asked that the message would spread rapidly. The fact is, we don’t know how much time we have left on this planet before Jesus returns, and we don’t know how many more opportunities we’ll have to share with others. Therefore we must carry a sense of urgency.
Additionally, Paul wanted to make sure that the message of the Lord would be honored – in others words, he didn’t want to make the message about himself. Particularly for those of us who are in full time ministry, there is a temptation to draw attention to ourselves and to our accomplishments. Paul wanted to keep the most important thing (the message of Jesus) the most important thing. In the words of John the Baptist, he must become greater, I must become less.
So here’s my request: will you pray this prayer for me? Will you pray that the message of the Lord will spread rapidly and be honored in my sphere of influence? I’d love for you to either comment below or send me a private message so I can pray the same for you. Paul believed that this prayer would have power, and I believe it will, too!
Father, my prayer today is that several of us may join together to pray for each other that Your message might spread rapidly and be honored in our midst. Help us to boldly share of the hope that we have in You, and use our efforts to enlarge Your Kingdom, for Your glory.