When I study the prayers of the Apostles I see a couple consistent themes that run through their petitions. One no doubt in the prayers of Paul especially is his thankfulness for his brothers and sisters in Christ. He regularly calls them saints, which means “holy ones”. Paul recognizes they have been set apart according to God’s love. What would happen in the church today if we referred to one another as saints more often? And really meant it! Another prayer is that the believers would know and understand God’s Word in order to know Him more. There is a serious lack of knowledge of God’s attributes and His character. That is one of the main reason I started writing this blog. I want us to wonder at God’s nature and character. The Apostles wanted the follower’s of Christ to live righteously and bring glory and honor always to Jesus Christ not because of what He can do for us but because of who He is. How do we do that today? We study the Bible in a way of understanding the entire theme of every chapter and verse is pointing us to Jesus Christ and the redemption of those He saves by the power of His blood and atoning work on the Cross. This takes time and consistent prayer asking God to illuminate to us the truths of His Word.
As I study 1 Thessalonians 3 we see the prayer of Paul for the Church, We can learn some very practical lessons on how to love and comfort one another in the local body of believers God has placed us. First, we can find joy that our brothers and sisters are growing in the faith. Especially when those young in the faith are walking in truth. This helps me see God’s work in people’s lives which leads me to worship God and rejoice with thanksgiving. Secondly, it leads me to prayer. Paul prayed night and day with energy that God would complete the work that He had started in all our brothers and sisters in Christ. None of us have reached our full potential in the Lord. We will all continue to be sanctified as we walk out this life here on earth. Thirdly, we should all have that desire to live in unity with other Christians. Through difficult times we should be there for one another and hold one another accountable. Trusting the difficult situations in our lives to God is made easier when we walk with others that have the Holy Spirit residing in them. And finally, it reminds me to love. In light of the fact that God loved the world and sent His Son to die for human sin, even my sin before I was a believer. What a gift, and we are reminded not to just love other believers but to love ALL people. Someday He is coming again for all His saints, let us pray as Paul has, that there would be no grounds of accusation because of unholiness in our lives. Pursue peace, do good, be patient, pray, and show consideration with honor to All those you come in contact with today.