- 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 3
Prayer request and final exhortation.
Prayer request (1-5). Apostle Paul requested Thessalonian believers to pray for the advdancement and protection of the gospel, based on that the Lord is faithful to establish us in the Word, and guard us from the evil one. Guard of Greek word describes a military protection against assault from the enemy. The best protection is standing firm in the Word of God.
Keep away from idle (6-10). — Showing his own example of self-support, he exhorted Thessalonian believers to support themselves by working, the self-sustaining life of the faith community. His exhortation is contextual in that he got report a bunch of lazy good-for-nothing were taking advantage of them. This must not be tolerated. He commanded them to get to work immediately— no excuses, no arguments—and to earn their own keep.
“Idle or disorderly” (v. 11). It is a military term that means to be out of step or to break rank. It describes a soldier who willfully resists leadership by marching incorrectly or abandoning his watch. The disorderly people in the Thessalonian church were not working at all – either because they were waiting for the Lord’s return or because they were relying on the handouts of wealthy patrons. Yet in their idleness, they had become busybodies and troublemakers (1 Timothy 5:13)
Final greeting (16-18)—Apostle Paul authenticated this letter by sighing it in his own hand so the Thessalonian would have no doubts it was from him (1 Corinthian 16:21)
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.