Prayer Changes Things

Eighteen-year-old Hudson Taylor wandered into his father’s library and read a gospel tract. He couldn’t shake off its message. Finally, falling to his knees, he accepted Christ as his Savior. Later, his mother, who had been away, returned home. When Hudson told her the good news, … More

Prayer

It is especially tragic when Christians fail to say thank you to Jesus Christ and just take for granted what He has done for us. He gave everything; He suffered, He bled and He died on the cross for our sins and yet as Christians, we tend to forget. The least we can do is to present our bodies back to Him in appreciation for what He has done for us (v. 9). (Rom. 12:1-2)

Paul did not consider that the great commission had been fulfilled when people were saved. He prayed that he might be able to return to Thessalonica (v. 10). He felt that they needed more instruction and he wanted to supply what was lacking in their faith. He did not pray that they would be sinless but he prayed that they would be blameless. He also prayed for their continued growth. When new Christians bring us joy we need to support them as they continue to grow.

Paul has three specific prayer requests for the Thessalonian Christians:

  1. That their faith might mature (v. 10). Warren Wiersbe says, “Faith is like a muscle: it gets stronger with use.
  2. That their love might abound (v. 12). As our faith in God grows it should result in a growing love for others.
  3. That their conduct might be holy (v. 13). The test for true holiness is how much genuine love we have for Christ and for others.

Application

Can I think of someone who made a decision for Christ but fell by the wayside because no one prayed for them and helped them grow in the Lord? I need to be helping someone. Who am I helping?

I Thessalonians 3:9-13 (English Standard Version)

For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

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