While we are on the subject of prayer (yesterday’s blog), I want to emphasize how important your prayers for this ministry are to us. In seeking to follow Paul’s model, we never stay in one place for any extended time, believing that if the seed of God’s Word is properly planted, the Holy Spirit will carefully tend to its growth.
As Paul thinks about places where the gospel spread so rapidly, he remembers what God did at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:6-8). This gives him liberty to ask them to pray for his work in other places. “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1–2).
It was not just the spread of the gospel that was on Paul’s mind as he asks for prayer. “Wicked and evil men” are in every place seeking to hinder, if not destroy, the work of God. While knowing that we already have the victory in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57), that final day has not come yet, and we still “wrestle…against rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Since our weapons are not fleshly or carnal, we must rely on the power of the Spirit in prayer. So, pray for us.
Tim’s great grandson has open heart surgery tomorrow. Please pray!
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