“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12 NIV).
Paul was the one who wrote “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV), so when Paul says that they constantly pray for the church, it’s believable. There is a unseen spiritual component in this life. A battle. A war for the souls of people. So Paul prayed for them. Paul did more than just say, ‘We’re praying for you.’ He went on and told them the content of their prayers for the church.
This content is simply awesome! Paul’s prayers acknowledge dependence on the power and grace of God It states the end goal: That they may be worthy of God’s calling It describes what being worthy of the calling looks like: a life of goodness and good deeds, all prompted by faith It is motivated by the heart that wants to see the Name of Jesus glorified There’s not a day that goes by that this would not be my prayer request! That God would bring about my desire for goodness and good deeds. There’s not a day that goes by that I do not need God’s power and grace. If nothing else comes to mind, you could pray 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 for me! And I could for you.
Father, demonstrate your great power in my life today by Your grace. I want your goodness in my heart and lived out in my actions. May my words and thoughts be pleasing to You and bring You great glory. I live for You today!