First Posted: 7/23/2010
2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
It is a Christians duty to pray for ministers and missionaries. Regardless of how far Christs witnesses may be from us, we are close to them as we come before God in prayer.
Paul asked that the Thessalonians specifically pray that the word of the Lord may free course. There are many potential obstacles to Christs gospel as Satan throws temptations and stumbling blocks in every direction.
Consider why the word of the Lord might not have free course. Witnesses sometimes get disappointed and grow tired in their work. There are distractions for both witnesses and hearers. Some people simply are not willing to hear the good news of Jesus. As if these are not enough, there are people who outright oppose the gospel of Christ Jesus.
We have a faithful Lord, though, who knows everything and is infinitely capable. He is the one who will deliver His faithful witnesses from unreasonable and wicked men. As long as we keep our eyes and hearts focused on Christ, He will furnish all the spiritual strength we need. Furthermore, He will keep us from evil. In our own power, we are unable to overpower evil, and we most certainly will encounter it, but with Gods help we can do all things.
Paul had confidence in the Thessalonian Christians based on the Lords blessings on them. The apostle wanted their prayers, but he also prayed for their surrender to the Lord to such an extent that He gave direction to their lives.
Paul cautioned that Christians should not follow people who stand in the way of the gospel.
Paul and his companions had been good examples by not taking advantage of the kindness any of the Thessalonians. They worked hard to support themselves as they worked diligently to spread the gospel.
In addition, Paul reminded the recipients of his letter that if there were any who would not work, then they should not eat. All people who were able to work should do some kind of work. People who are not busy at work usually become what Paul called busybodies. A busybody, according to Paul will walk disorderly, and hinder the advance of the gospel.
Be not weary in well doing, the apostle wrote. Following this simple command will guide us in living lives that please God.
The Sunday school lesson is written by Ed Wilcox, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church, Lumberton, N.C. [email protected]