What do you pray about? Do you give thanks for the things that God has given you? For the well-being of you, your family and the brethren? Blessings over the food that has been prepared for dinner? What is it that you pray about?
I often pray these things for myself, friends and family. However, during a study of 2 Thessalonians, I noted that my prayer life was lacking. While I did pray for the above, it certainly seemed shallow to stop there. When I note the things that Paul encouraged others to pray about and Paul’s prayers for others, I am almost embarrassed to even call my prayer life a “prayer life.” For example, he encouraged the Thessalonians to pray in this way, “Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
I have to say that I have mentioned this a number of times in my prayers, but not consistently by any means. What about you? Have you ever begun praying in this way, only to lose momentum? You might be surprised to find why I was not as diligent as I should have been. Praying such things makes me accountable. If the word of the Lord is to be spread like wildfire, why am I not out there doing my part also? If the word of the Lord is to be glorified among people, why am I not out there glorifying it too?
Honestly, we have no excuse to not pray this daily. Even if we are not comfortable sitting down to study with someone, aren’t we capable of inviting someone to a small group Bible study or sharing a link to the World Bible School? Or, what about using great virtual resources like the World Video Bible School to better educate ourselves? What about preparing for ministry at the Bear Valley Bible Institute?
Make it your ambition this week to pray that the word of the Lord would be spread rapidly and be glorified in all the world, then do you part, no matter how big or small, to see to it that it happens.
In His service,
Adam L. Huerta