Tag: matthew

It seems we can't find what you're looking for.

Download this Building Fund QR Code  and upload it to your banking app via your gallery/album. 

Download this General Fund for East QR Code  and upload it to your banking app via your gallery/album. 

Download this General Fund for WDL QR Code  and upload it to your banking app via your gallery/album. 

Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; 3:16
Thu, 1 December 2022

1-2 Thessalonians Revisited: Entreating with Thanksgiving

Observation:

What significant observations can you make about prayer and thanksgiving
to God in these passages?

Deeper Reflection
PAUL’S THANKSGIVING AND PETITION TO GOD ARE PROMINENT in 1 to 2 Thessalonians – found at nine locations in the eight chapters.1 Reflected from this are the attitude, the aim and the anchor in prayer.Always thankful is one’s attitude: “We ought always to give thanks to God for you” (1 Thess 1:2; 3:9; 2 Thess 1:3; 2:13). Out of this lifestyle, Paul teaches us, “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess 5:18). Another attitude is praying earnestly. Paul “pray[s] most earnestly night and day” that he might return to Thessalonica to further build up the Thessalonians’ faith (1 Thess 3:10-11). But God did not answer his prayer until five years later (Acts 20:1-3).2The aim is transforming life. The Thessalonians’ lives were marked by their “labour in love” (1 Thess 1:3). But Paul exhorted them “to do this more and more” (1 Thess 4:9-10), and prayed that “the Lord make you increase and abound in love” (1 Thess 3:12-13). And God answered his prayer immediately: “your love is increasing” (2 Thess 1:3). The anchor is in knowing God. Paul anchors his prayer in who God is, especially Christ and God the Father “who loved us” (2 Thess 2:13, 16-17; 3:5; cf. 1 Thess 1:4). He prays that “the Lord direct your hearts… to the steadfastness of Christ” to establish further the Thessalonians’ “steadfastness and faith” in enduring afflictions (2 Thess 1:4; 3:5). And he anchors in “the God of peace” (1 Thess 5:23; 2 Thess 3:16) and the God who is “faithful” (1 Thess 5:24; 2 Thess 3:3). In knowing God, we pray and through prayer we know God better.
1 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3; 3:9-13; 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2:13, 16-17; 3:1, 5, 16 2 John R. W. Stott, The Message of Thessalonians, The Bible Speaks Today (IVP, 1991), 67
Application:

What changes do I need to make with regards to prayer and thanksgiving to
God in my discipleship journey?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Outreach/Missions/New Life leaders: To be empowered to pray in the Holy Spirit
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

Download this New Life Fund QR Code  and upload it to your banking app via your gallery/album. 

Download this General Fund for BPJ QR Code  and upload it to your banking app via your gallery/album. 

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.