“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance” (2 Thessalonians 3:5).
Paul recognized that it was going to take a huge dose of the love of Christ infusing the believers in Thessalonica to stay the course. It would also require perseverance – the same kind of perseverance that kept Christ on course as He lived His life knowing what lay ahead of Him – the cross.
I have often wondered what would happen if believers all started praying differently. What if we forgot about focusing on the “little answerables” in people’s lives – those everyday “make my life better” prayers we pray for people? I wonder what would happen if we all prayed more for the spiritual life of fellow believers than the physical life? Perhaps believers do not grow as they should because no one is praying for their spiritual health and growth.
Father, forgive me for focusing so many of my prayers on day-to-day comfort for people and so little on what really matters. I pray that you would fill ____________ with a deeper sense of Your love. Let Your love fill him/her and pour out of him/her into the lives of others. Jesus, You persevered to the end. You kept going even knowing the cross was before You. Give ___________that same perseverance. Enable him/her to continue strong in the faith, despite all the circumstances that are weighing on him/her. Give _____________ the “big picture” vision that will cause him/her to endure to the end! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
–Adapted from Praying Like Paul (Learning to Pray the Kingdom for Those You Love) by Jonathan Graf. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
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Praise God for being the great healer who gives real peace and security for you to enjoy (Jer. 33:6). Give thanks for the many miraculous healings that show God’s power at work. Confess your failure to appreciate the health God gives you and your complaining when things aren’t going well (Ps. 139:23). Commit yourself to praising God each day for a healthy body, for legs and arms, fingers and toes, eyes and ears—a body that functions so beautifully. Ask him for guidance in blessing him at all times even if these body parts aren’t always working right (Ps. 34:1).
Pray for your church to be very compassionate and able to minister to those who do not experience good health, have disabilities, or have met with serious accident.
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