DEC 31

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Memorise 2 Thessalonians 3:1
“brethren, pray for us”

Today’s two verses come from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. Can you remember what happened? Read Acts 17 – “they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures… and some of them believed… But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people” (vv. 1-5). This is a riot scene!

Paul and Silas managed to escape to Berea, and then Athens, and finally Corinth, where the two letters to the Thessalonians were written. So you can see – Paul had a tough time everywhere he went, because he was bold in his preaching! He told “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” (“free course”). No wonder he offended so many people (“unreasonable and wicked men”), who wanted to kill him. But thank God there were also many who were touched by the word of God and believed (such that the word of God was “glorified”).

We may not be missionaries like Paul or experience such heavy persecution in our lifetime. In our own church, we may not see our pastors in danger of being lynched! – but we know that many people have vilified them for their strong stand on God’s truth (e.g. on separation from those who preach a “watered-down” version of the gospel).

The very least we can do for our leaders is to pray for them, as was what the Apostle Paul requested of the Thessalonians – that those who oppose them would not have the chance to hinder their ministry of the word of God – that the word of God may be allowed to have its “free course” and be glorified (honoured). Pray for our leaders that they will continue to hold on to the true faith, that our Lord may be glorified through their ministry.

Thought: If the great Apostle Paul requested for prayers from the believers, all the more our own leaders need them!
Prayer: Lord, may I always be faithful in constantly having our leaders in my prayers.