Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pray For Us

"Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you." 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Paul frequently enlisted prayer support from the churches for his ministry.

Cross Reference to verses...

Romans 15:30-32 (NASB)
"Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company."

Ephesians 6:18,19 (ESV)
"praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel."

Colossians 4:2,3 (NASB)
"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned."

1 Thessalonians 5:25 (ESV)
"Brothers, pray for us."

Philemon 1:22 (NASB)
"At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you."

In particular, he asked them to pray that the word of God would continue to spread rapidly as it had been already and be received with the honor it deserved.

cross reference

Acts 6:7 (ESV)

"The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith."

Acts 12:24 (NASB)
"But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied."

Acts 13:44-49 (ESV)

"The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.’”

The MacArthur Study Bible. 1997 (J. MacArthur, Jr., Ed.) (electronic ed.) (2 Th 3:1). Nashville, TN: Word Pub. www.gty.org

NASB (New American Standard Bible) : www.lockman.org/nasb/

ESV (English Standard Version) : www.esv.org/