2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (JDV)
2 Thessalonians 3:1 In addition, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the word of the Lord may move forward rapidly and be honored, just like it was with you,
2 Thessalonians 3:2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil humans, because not all have faith.
Do you think that Paul relied on his own ability to follow approved church growth principles so that his ministry was successful? He was diligent and did all he could, but he also knew that all he could do was not enough. That is why he asked his congregations to pray for him. Here he asks for two specific things.
- He asked that the word of the Lord may move forward rapidly and be honored.
- He asked to be delivered from the wicked and evil humans who would oppose his message and make trouble for him.
These are not the words of a person who put confidence in his own ability. They were the words of a servant who depended on his master for success, and on prayer partners who would help him.
Lord, give us prayer partners who can pave the way for success in your ministry.