- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Thessalonians 3
Praying for building up the church.
When Apostle Paul was staying in Athens, he sent Timothy, one of companions of missional journey, to Thessalonian church to strengthen them. Timothy was half Jews, whose mother was Jewish believers and father was a Greek. He was sincere in faith inherited from his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). Apostle Paul met Timothy during his second mission journey at Lystra and he took Timothy along with mission journey (Acts 16:1-3)
Timothy brought good news about Thessalonian church that their faith was strengthened amidst persecution and that they were longed to see Apostle Paul again. He and his companions were delighted to hear the good news, giving thanks to God.
In overjoy, Apostle Paul prayed for three things.
He prayed for seeing Thessalonian church again. He actually visited the church again during this third missionary journey (Acts 20:1-2).
He prayed for making their love increase and overflow for each other, for everyone else, just as he and his companions loved for them.
He prayed for sanctifying their heart, blameless and holy in God when Jesus Christ return. The heart here is not just an organ of the body, but it means the controlling center of personality, center of life. “When our Lord Jesus comes,” is the belief that Jesus will return again, the faith in hope and trust.
His prayer also is for us today, for Christians all times.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.