READ : 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you. (v. 1)
I picture a relay race when I read this passage. The participants all rely on each other, each one doing his or her part to continue what has been happening before them, to carry the shared task forward for the sake of all. Just as a runner receives a baton, so too a person who has received the gospel is sent forth to pass it along to others. Paul and the other missionary leaders have brought the gospel to Thessalonica, and now they urge the new believers to contribute to the ongoing spread of the good news, by praying.
The Thessalonians aren’t being asked to simply live holy lives and mind their own business. No, they are urged to mind the business of Jesus Christ, as it proceeds to impact new people near and far. Praying keeps us connected to the wider picture of what God is doing in the world, as the good news of Jesus Christ is carried forward everywhere. We’re all in this together, even if you and I have never met. Prayer keeps us mindful that we are mutually responsible; by receiving the gospel, we become partners in the sharing of the gospel. As we journey through the life of faith, we are called to support those in very different places on the journey, just as we were nurtured by those who journeyed before us.
Lord, teach us to pray for all those who might receive your word.