It’s been a while since I posted something real time between posting my notes from the Knowing Christ conference in February (20 posts, more than 15,000 words. Whew!) and a few Easter season reposts on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. (You can, by the way, access all of those “Knowing Christ” notes on a single page on my website now. So here’s a journal entry when I reflected on one of Paul’s prayers for a church:
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this 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.”
Paul’s leadership prayer for the Thesslonians in this case was to ask that God would do a work that enables them to be worthy of His choice of them. I understand this to be a worthiness of loving God back, not a worthiness of performance for God. It is living for God’s pleasure rather than my own (though the fact is that my truest and deepest pleasure actually is God’s for me).
Paul also prays that they would experience God’s empowerment and provision so that every good desire in their hearts would come to full fruition. Paul asks God to enable Christ’s followers in Thessalonica to do everything they have in their hearts to do to bring pleasure and credit to their Father in heaven. Paul believes that this will result in the beauty and weightiness of Christ to be with each of us and with all of us. And all this happens according to the generous favor of the Father and the Son.
What would it look like for this prayer to be answered in your life? In your family you’re your ministry? For whom would you like to offer up this prayer right now?
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