1 Thessalonians 1:1-4 (JDV)
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy: To the congregation of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Favor to you and peace.
1 Thessalonians 1:2 We are always thanking God for all of you, making mention of you constantly in our prayers.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your achievement produced by faith, your labor motivated by care, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 You see, we know, brothers and sisters cared about by God, that he has chosen you,
Does your mind wander as you pray? Of course, it does. Paul and his missionary team experienced that as they prayed for the Thessalonian Christians. When they gathered to pray for the mission work in Thessalonica, they remembered all the things that they had seen those wonderful people do, and they were convinced that God had chosen those believers to achieve great things for the Lord, to work hard, and to endure sufferings for God’s glory.
The result of these distracting moments in the missionary prayer meetings was praise to God and thanksgiving for what he is doing through his congregation.
Lord, distract our prayers more often with memories of what you are doing through your people.