The apostle Paul was not bashful when it came to asking for prayer and giving prayer. Neither should we be timid in going to the Lord with our needs and requests. The reason, we can trust God in all of our circumstances to intervene for us.
Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3
In verse 1, Paul’s priority was for effective evangelism. He asked his readers to pray so others would receive and accept the gospel message just like they did.
Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
After he vocalized that prayer need, he continued with a request for him and his team. With Christianity being fairly new, he was surrounded by people who were hostile to this new movement. They were being bombarded by groups on all sides.
On one side were the Jewish people. They came against him because they denied that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jewish leaders did everything they could to cause havoc in the communities where Paul ministered.
On the other side, there were the Gentiles. Many of whom participated in spiritual wickedness. They created their own gods and involved themselves in all sorts of pagan worship. These practices included sexual immorality and human sacrifices.
Because of the acceptance of the gospel message, sales of idols began to decrease. It came to the point that a silversmith had Paul arrested because people stopped buying his silver idols.
We Can Trust God In All Our Circumstances
None of the actions taken against Paul shook him up though, because he had confidence in God. He also wanted the Thessalonian people to be confident in the Lord as well. He said the following in verses 3 and 4.
The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. 2 Thessalonians 3:3-4
There are two things we can take away from this short portion of scripture. The first is this. When we pray for others, it will build our faith and help us draw closer to the Lord. The second concerns the Lord’s faithfulness. We can trust God in all our circumstances. Especially to strengthen and guard us against the evil one.
So, let’s continue to do the things commanded in God’s Word.
A related post about trusting God is When You’re Out of Your Comfort Zone, Trust God
Lord, thank you for your faithfulness in giving us strength and guarding us against the evil one. Help us to remain faithful in you as we live in obedience to your word
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