- 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 5
The day of the Lord.
Following his teaching on the resurrection of the dead in chapter 5, Apostle Paul wrote about the day of the Lord, Parousia. The day of the Lord, which the prophets has spoken, Amos 5:18-20, Joel 2:32, would certainly come. Believers needed not worry about it, but they were to live in hope of that salvation for which God has destined them with Jesus Christ, encouraging one another and build each other’s up.
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances,” is a Trinitarian life for believers to live as they are waiting for the day of the Lord. Apostle Paul urged believers in Thessalonian church to be responsive to the spiritual gift of prophecy (v19-22)
To his prayer for the Thessalonian congregation he added the exhortation that they pray for him and his companions, extend greeting each other. He ended his letter with a farewell.
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.