- 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 2 Thessalonians 1
2 Thessalonians is Apostle Paul’s second letter to the same faith community, church in Thessalonica. His second letter is shorter than the first letter, writing the same issue, “eschatological hope,” living in the end of time with home.
Salutation (1-2) — Apostle Paul’s greeting is almost identical to 1 Thessalonians 1:1, sent by the same companions, Silas, and Timothy.
Thanksgiving (3-4) — Apostle Paul’s thanksgiving for Thessalonian believers was their growing in faith, increasing in love in the midst of persecution and trials.
The first apocalyptic unit (5-10) — Apostle Paul knew suffering and persecution that Thessalonian church went through. And he wrote God’s judgement upon those who persecuted them. God’s judgement was an eschatological retributive justice in which God would pay back with affliction those who afflicted the believers when Lord Jesus appeared in the company of mighty angels. This apocalyptic notion was related to the Day of the Lord that he wrote about in his first letter (1 Thessalonians 5:2). It will be a day of destruction for some and a day of salvation for others. His message was that of hope, perseverance in faith to Thessalonian believers.
Prayer of encouragement (11-12) — Along with Apostle Paul’s other prayers for Thessalonian believers (1 Thessalonians 3:13, 5:23), this prayer was focused on God’s faithfulness, glory and apocalyptic prayer that the lordship of Jesus to be manifest in those who stands firm in faith.
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.