Dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.
2 Thessalonians 3:1
The apostle Paul was a great communicator with exemplary credentials. But as great a communicator of the gospel as he was, he did not believe that he could spread God’s Word in his own strength. He knew he desperately needed the power of the Holy Spirit, which is released through prayer and through the intercession of others, to accomplish what God had called him to do.
Today there is still a great need to pray for the spread of the gospel! There are millions of people who are living in darkness and have not heard the good news of salvation through Jesus. There are unreached people groups who do not have the Bible in their native languages. And there are evangelists, pastors, and missionaries all around the world with a passion to spread God’s Word who need to be upheld in intercession. When we are faithful to pray, those people will be empowered, the Lord’s message will spread and his name will be honored.
LORD, show me the “Pauls” I need to be faithful to support in prayer as they spread your truth throughout our city, our nation, and the world. Strengthen the hearts of those who preach the gospel. Equip them in every way to do your will, and may your name and message be honored wherever they go.
Spread the Word of God
Pray for courage. One of the hardest things about spreading God’s good news is gathering the courage to do it. However, if you pray then it only requires you to truly want courage to receive it. If you pray with one or more other Christians things will be even easier.
Be bold. Don’t think ‘I’ll just get persecuted.’ or ‘They’ll think I’m weird’, etc or you’ll never get anywhere! Even if people strongly believe another religion, try to tell them of the word.
Be persistent! No matter how hard it is to make them believe in Jesus, if you try hard enough and pray hard enough, it will be done.
Tell everyone around you, then everyone else. Don’t tell just a few people of the good news, tell everyone you meet.
Read the Bible and obey God. How can you persuade others if you are not armed with righteousness and the sword of the spirit (The Holy Bible)?
Search for ways to spread the word. You can use emails, letters, organize parties and tell the guests, at work/school, sleepovers, online gaming chat rooms, websites or anything else you can think of.
Make examples. If you raise funds for a charity, give money to children, pick up litter etc, then people will know that you are a good person and you can tell them that you are representing God. If you really devote yourself 24/7 to the lord, you show people how much you believe.
IT IS IN THE PATHS OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER THAT WE ENTER THE RICHEST FIELDS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND GATHER PRICELESS RICHES. TO PRAY FOR OTHERS IS OF DIVINE APPOINTMENT, AND IT REPRESENTS THE HIGHEST FORM OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE. E. M. Bounds (1835–1913)
The One Year Bible Readings for today are Jeremiah 26:1–27:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Psalm 85:1-13 and Proverbs 25:16