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Pray This Prayer…

2 Thessalonians chapter 1 has a prayer that I have been praying off and on for over 2 decades:

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (ESV)

It’s a prayer for four big things:

  1. Though we are saved by His grace and that salvation is guaranteed by His Spirit, the idea that we will live lives that honor Him…is not guaranteed. So Paul prays that we would live lives worthy of our salvation. In other words, either way, we are children of our heavenly Father, but we want to live as if we are His offspring; we don’t want to dishonor Him. We are ambassadors for Him – we pray to represent Him well. MAY I LIVE WORTHY OF YOU, LORD!
  2. All the things you are hoping to do for Him – whatever you are dreaming that He would use you for – pray that He by His incredible power would bring these things about. FULFILL MY DESIRE TO DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR YOU, FATHER!
  3. And all this is for His glory. In other words, the reason we pray that He would fulfill our desires is so that Jesus would be glorified. GLORIFY JESUS THROUGH ME!
  4. And the end result is wonderful too – that we would be glorified in Him – and all this is by His grace. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY IN WHICH I TOO WILL BE GLORIFIED…IN HIM, BECAUSE OF YOUR GRACE!
It’s one of many prayers of the Apostle Paul, and also one of the best ways to learn to pray for what really matters in life.

For Monday, August 24th: 2 Thessalonians 2



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Closing Thoughts on Prayer

40 days of prayer are here and gone. Time flies. It’s March now, which is a happy word during Wisconsin winters, and though I know that snow still finds its way here (like today) the temperatures moderate a bit, and if spring isn’t quite in the air, at least hope is.

So here are some final thoughts on this season of prayer:

1. Now is the time to watch.  David said in Psalm 5:3, “In the morning O Lord, thou wilt hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to Thee and eagerly watch.”  As you have been “ordering your prayers before” God over these 40 days, now is the time to watch Him move in response to your petitions, and watch Him eagerly.

Watching is a key part of prayer, which is one reason that keeping track of your petitions, while not required in any sense, is a wonderful thing to do.

2. Now is the time to glorify God.  One of the great purposes of prayer is that in receiving answers, we glorify God.  Psalm 50:15 says, “…call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (ESV)  If God has moved in response to your consistent seeking, then consider taking some time, some special time, to glorify and honor Him.

When we were trying to get pregnant for the first time, Diane went through two miscarriages.  Both times, obviously, we were heartbroken.  But we hadn’t really told anyone about the pregnancies, because we had heard you should wait until the 12th week to make sure you don’t miscarry.  Well, when she was pregnant the third time, we broke all the rules.  We started telling people right away. Why?  Because we wanted them to pray that the baby (a.k.a. Josh) would make it to full term, and when he did, we had many people to glorify God with us.

One of the great purposes of prayer is this: when God delivers us, we glorify Him.  I’ll bet God has done some deliverance if you have prayed over these last 40 days.  Glorify Him!

3. Now is the time to keep praying.  Jesus told his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  And in the last 2,000 years, nothing has changed.  We have spirits willing to do what is right, and flesh that is weak.  And that is just one of a thousand reasons that we need to keep praying.  We need the Lord.  Simple as that.  We need Him for everything.  Have you seen that over the last 40 days.  More than one person has told me that their life will never be the same.  I hope that is true of you.

So by the grace of God, whatever pattern you have established over these last 40 days, don’t stop now.  Keep going.  Keep coming day by day to the throne of grace and you will see over and over again, that your receive mercy and grace in your time of need.

One final note: The blog will continue, though with a little more variety in subject matter (that is, whatever I’m pondering at the moment) and once a week or so, I intend, Lord willing, to continue to write about prayer over this year which at Edgewood we are calling the Year of Prayer. If you haven’t yet, you might consider clicking on the link to your right to receive email notifications when the blog is published, because likely it won’t be every day, but more like 3 – 5 times a week. So, God bless everyone, and thanks for reading!


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