Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you – 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Paul was given a thorn in the flesh as a reminder of his weakness and through this he learned very well that his strength was in Christ, not in himself. He did not consider himself on a level above others; he desired the prayers of the most humble member of the church. In his first epistle to the Thessalonians he had asked simply, “Brethren, pray for us” and here he asks that they should pray for the success of the gospel.
He desired that they pray for the gospel to be spread and that it be received and honored. The language conveys the thought of a river flowing freely, unobstructed, unhindered. He knew from experience there is much opposition to the gospel. There is persecution to face, criticism to overcome, and error to be challenged; so he prays these things will not hinder the free flow of the message.
As we endeavor to proclaim the gospel, whether to a congregation or to an individual, we must realize the challenge of overcoming the humanistic thinking that is prevalent in our day… or just the indifference that is widespread. If the gospel is to have success in our day and in our culture, we will need the Lydia-like blessing of hearts opened by the Lord to attend the message (Acts16:14).
How wonderful is that experience when the Spirit of God opens a heart, enlightens a mind, and humbles a will! May we pray for the gospel to have free course — to flow uninhibited and unobstructed across the globe, converting souls and making wise the simple. May God’s Word be honored, as it is received as the truth and embraced to the glory and praise of our Savior Jesus Christ.
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