Pray for us
v.1 Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured.
Christian leaders need much prayer support: they are vulnerable and open, as we all are, to spiritual attack (verse 2), but, as Paul reminds us, ‘The Lord is faithful’. The Thessalonians are to follow the example of Paul, Silas and Timothy who tried not to be a burden, but worked to support themselves. The Thessalonians are not to waste time with people who are lazy or idle in the fellowship, but to encourage them to channel their energies into prioritising the work of spreading the Gospel.
We sometimes take for granted the ministry of our church leaders in both national and local contexts. For example, we have a duty of prayerful and practical care for the staff of our own church. They work hard for the Lord and for us. We are urged to do the same, as far as we can, just as the Thessalonians were to model themselves on Paul’s work ethic.
May the Lord of peace himself give, to our church leaders and to us, peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with all of us, whatever we may face today and in the days to come. (From verse 16)