Pray for Gospel and Deliverance-2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 “Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”

2 Tessalonicesi 3:1-5 “Per il resto, fratelli, pregate per noi perché la parola del Signore si spanda e sia glorificata come lo è tra di voi, 2  e perché noi siamo liberati dagli uomini molesti e malvagi, poiché non tutti hanno la fede. 3 Ma il Signore è fedele ed egli vi renderà saldi e vi guarderà dal maligno. 4 A vostro riguardo abbiamo questa fiducia nel Signore, che fate e farete le cose che vi ordiniamo. 5 Il Signore diriga i vostri cuori all’amore di Dio e alla paziente attesa di Cristo.”

 

     Here Paul is requesting prayer for two important aspects in the work of God. First that “the message of the Lord” would quickly sweep over the region. When we pray in this way, we are asking that the hearts of people will be prepared to receive God’s Word. Whenever we engage in evangelistic efforts, it must always be bathed in prayer; that God would not only lead us as we go but also that hearts would be open to accept the message.

     The second prayer of Paul was for deliverance from those who were trying to hinder the work of God. Opposition to the Gospel message doesn’t always threaten bodily harm to the believer; however at times resentment can turn into angry aggression. Paul had experienced both and in whatever the form it came, prayer against the enemies of the Gospel message must be sought. The Thessalonians had also been exposed to this type of antagonism as recorded in Acts 17:5-9. The antagonists here are called “wicked and evil men”. Both descriptions carry a deeper meaning in the original language. “Wicked” implies perversity and “evil” has to do the harmful actions. Paul had seen God’s hand of deliverance many times and encouraged the Thessalonians to trust God for strength and protection from the evil one. As the Word of God is preached, we can expect both results and opposition.  

Pray with me: Lord, I know that prayer is vital to the work of God and there are many who oppose it. Help me to be faithful to pray that the message of the Gospel would prosper and to pray against the forces that try to restrict its movement.



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