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A Time to Pray for Others and a Time for Others to Pray for You, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #462)
TEXT: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5:
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
E.M. Bounds said, “In doing God’s work, there is no substitute for praying. The men of prayer cannot be displaced with other kinds of men.”
In our last set of messages in this series, we began looking some background information regarding the Apostle Paul’s prayer request for the Thessalonians, for God’s gospel to have free course and be glorified.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary continues to say about this passage, “The second request was for deliverance from enemies of the gospel. As the missionaries itinerated from city to city, opponents of Christianity tried to frustrate their efforts. The Thessalonians knew all about this. The enemies of the gospel were doing something irrational, namely, resisting the free gift of God. They were also being destructive of the spiritual welfare of others. The hostility of these enemies was due to their lack of faith in the message of salvation. They were wicked and evil Verses 1 and 2 show the positive and negative reactions which the preaching of the gospel produce. Rather than feeling distraught over the present situation in the Thessalonian church, the apostles were confident. The reason for their confidence was the faithfulness of God rather than anything about the Thessalonians. The character of God should be the basis for a Christian’s confidence. Because God has promised to supply believers’ needs, Paul could rest in the assurance that He would provide strength to withstand temptation and trials, and protection from the adversary and his emissaries. An additional reason for confidence was the conviction that the Thessalonians would continue to obey the instructions of Paul and his cohorts in this letter. The missionaries were not relying on their readers’ inherent power to do what was right; their confidence was that since the believers were in Christ, the Lord would work in them to react favorably to this epistle. .This prayer-wish expressed the apostles’ petition that Jesus Christ would open up the way for the readers to obey out of a growing appreciation of God’s love for them and a consequently greater love for God, as well as increasing endurance in the midst of trials which the Lord’s example of perseverance stimulates within the hearts of believers. Meditation on the love of God and the patient endurance of Christ motivates Christians to obey His Word and to endure trials patiently.”
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.