1 Thessalonians 1: Are You Praying For Others?
Verse of the Day: (V2) “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;”
1. Prayers (V1-2)
V1 “Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Apostle Paul together with his fellow preachers, Silvanus and Timotheus, wrote to the Thessalonians Christians that they were always praying for them, and thankful to God for their love and service to Him. The life of Paul and his preachers were men of prayers as they kept praying for others, either for their salvation, or for God’s protection upon them. Indeed, let us pray for others as it is a demonstration of our love for God and His people.
V2 “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;”
2. Patience (V3-4)
V3 “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;”
The Thessalonian Christians were model Christians as they not only had the work of faith, and the labour of love, but they also had the patience of hope in God. During those days, and even today, there are many Christians who believe in God, but when trials and testing come their way, they lack the patience of hope in God, and stray away from Him. Though we know God has elected and saved us, let us continue to love and serve Him to the end.
V4 “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”
3. Power (V5-10)
V5 “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.”
Paul encouraged the Thessalonians Christians to continue in their faith and preach the gospel of Christ as it was God’s power to save souls from condemnation and be reconciled to Him. Paul always mentioned to others the testimony of the Thessalonians Christians of how they turned from idol worship to believe and serve the true God.
V9 “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to pray for others that they know You are the true God.