Eight years ago today, I began a post on this blog with these words: “Paul’s prayers for the Thessalonians identify faith, hope, love and habitual prayer as essential means of preparing for the return of Christ.”
I have re-blogged it today as encouragement to consider how well each of us who claims to follow Christ integrates these qualities and actions into our lives. I invite you to read the original post. Pray hard and love well, my friends.
Paul’s prayers for the Thessalonians identify faith, hope, love and habitual prayer as essential means of preparing for the return of Christ. After saying that he always thanked God’s for the Thessalonians’ faith, hope and love, he prays,
“How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you” (1 Thessalonians 3:9-11).
The apostle affirms again his continual prayer for these disciples. He also stresses his desire to return to them so that he may reinforce their faith. He prays that God and Jesus will make his return possible. He continues his prayer,
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