We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (NIV)
I am going to need help on this. You are going to need help on what? I am going to need help on continually remembering to pray for others. Why is that? Continually doing anything with great consistency does not come naturally to me. Even if I did continually remember when to pray, I am certain that, on my own, I would not know how to pray. So, you will need my help on both when and how to continually pray for others. That’s it. Do you know why you would not be successful on either one, without my help? I’m not sure. I’m not certain. You used the phrase, “on my own”. Yes, I did. Will prayer of any kind be something that you will do on your own, without my help? You are pointing out something that I need to continually remember. What’s that? You will give me prayers to pray. You will teach me when, and where, and how to pray. You will help me to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. Prayer doesn’t start with me. It is you that both gives and grants prayers to pray. It is your spirit living and dwelling in me that will guide my prayers. That is correct. So, I am never alone, all on my own, when I am praying. No, you are not. I will always have your help when I am praying. Yes, you will. As I draw near to you in prayer, you will draw near to me. Yes, I will. You will teach me. You will train me. Yes, I will.
Let’s talk about how you can pray. I’m listening. Can you pray that other’s faith in me will lead to their doing good works for me? Yes, I can. Can you pray that other’s love for me will result in their engaging in joyous labor on my behalf? Yes, I can. Can you pray that other’s hope in me will have great endurance in serving me? Yes, I can. These are great places for you to start in your praying for others. Can you give thanks for all those who love and follow and serve me? Can you give thanks for all those who bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I can. Start praying for others in these ways. As you continue in prayer, as you keep on listening to me, I will show you how to pray even more specifically for those who are loving and following and serving me. Will you do this? Will you meet with me in prayer? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, help me to continually remember in prayer those who love, follow, and serve. I will pray that their faith produces good work, their love prompts joyful labor, and that hope will inspire their endurance. Help us all to bear much fruit for your kingdom. Amen
Key Question… How are you continually remembering in your daily prayers those who love, follow, and serve the Lord?
Living It Out… Continually pray for the specific needs of those who love, follow, and serve the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will hear and answer the specific prayers you pray for those who love, follow, and serve Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are praying for those who love, follow, and sere the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you continually remember and pray for others as they love, follow, and serve the Lord.
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