April 15, 2018
Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
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Scripture- 2 Thessalonians 1:11- So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.
Observations- This congregation was under fire and facing intense persecution and Paul was grateful for the faithfulness. He encouraged them and reminded them that God would settle all of the accounts- favorably or unfavorably- in His own time. In letting them know he constantly brings them to the throne of grace for the help they need to persevere, Paul hopes they will be aware of God's power at work in and through them.
Application- We may not face the same kind of persecution that the first century Christ followers faced and we can give thanks mightily for that fact, but our brothers and sisters around the world need our prayers and encouragement. Of course, we need prayers to live a life worthy of our calling to do battle with complacency and follow through with the promptings from the Holy Spirit that we receive. Will you pray for the persecuted church and for God to nudge to action today?
Prayer- Lord, thank You for Christ followers all around the globe. Many more than we will ever get to know suffer for their faith in Christ and so we lift them to Your throne of grace and ask You to strengthen and encourage them. Prompt us to take action that honors You and points people You love so much to new life in Jesus Christ. Amen.
P. S. - For more information about people persecuted for their faith in Christ around the world go to: https://www.persecution.com/
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