Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. (2Thessalonians 3:1-2)
Paul was writing to the Thessalonians asking for prayer so that good news of Jesus Christ would spread swiftly and would be received by all. Paul felt that we had a short time before the Lord would come back; so let us be quick with our prayers. The word honored here means that we would receive the word of God as the real truth. Again, Paul says pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men and Paul implies that even though you are Christian if you do not have faith you are wicked and evil men. For example: If we get the call from God to go to a foreign country and your Christians friends do not support you and they try to change your mind they are consider to be wicked and evil men. Surround yourself with common interest people who will pray with you for your mission and ask the Lord to deliver you from wicked and evil men.
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. (2Thessalonians 3:3)
The Lord says in His word “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) You can trust His word because our Lord is faithful. When we come before the Lord in prayer asking Him to strengthen and protect us from the evil ones; He does it in His way. His way is not our way but His way is better because He has a plan for us. That plan that He has for us we do not know at this time but He does. (Romans 1:33-34) We are being made in the image of Christ and through His working in us we continue to evolve and change to be used by Him. Paul’s repetition on prayer is our communication and communion with our Father God that develops our relationship with Him. We need a two way conversation going on between us so that we can learn to hear and follow the Lord’s leading.
We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. (2Thessalonians 3:4)
Again, Paul is confident in the Lord for the people of Thessalonica because He knows that Jesus is faithful. Even though Paul is in chains for Christ he has seen for himself that the Lord has provided, strengthen, protected him and changed him into a Christ follower. Paul in the scriptures before chapter 3 in Thessalonians commanded the church of Thessalonica in holiness, godly living, and to explain certain beliefs, especially concerning the status of believers who die before Christ’s return. We have confidence in the Lord to do these things we have no confidence in our flesh. (Philippians 3:3) We can’t do this walk on our own we need confidence in the Lord to do it for us. This is the faith we need to see that God is in control. When I shared with my family and friends that I was going to Russia they had mixed emotions. You are crazy, awesome we will pray, you can’t go, and when are you going? My faith is in the Lord’s faithfulness for me; not in my friends or family.
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2Thessalonians 3:5)
May (to be possible; to be able) the Lord direct your hearts. It could be impossible to direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. The Lord says in His word “do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 3:8) What would harden one’s heart? The rich man came to Jesus and asked “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man says “all these I have kept.” “What do I lack?” Jesus answered him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The young man was saddened because he had much wealth. Jesus goes on and says, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Then the disciples asked “Who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:16-26) What could harden one’s heart? Having too much of something that one does not want to give up will harden your heart. This one thing could keep your heart from being directed into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. If we are trying to make our heart follow Christ like the young rich man did we will fail. But if we follow the Lord’s will He will direct our heart and then God will make all things possible.
Save us from the wicked and evil men who devour and rob God’s people from accomplishing the Lord’s desires in their life. Let us stand with confidence that God has a plan for each an ever believer who desires to do God’s will. Let us throw off the chains of unbelief and embrace the faith of Christ; that all things are possible for those who believe in Jesus Christ. So, stand firm and draw strength, protection, and the Lord unfailing love as our banner. Let us, throw up our arms in surrender or abandonment to the King who makes all things happen Jesus Christ name. Amen.
Thank you, Jesus Christ for giving us the confidence to strive out in you to the outermost regions to preach the gospel. Thank you, Lord for giving us strength to walk away from the name sayings who do not believe. Thank you, Father for your Son who inspires us to greater heights then we could ever imagine for ourselves.