1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

Good morning! It is Friday and I want to share a prayer that Paul prayed over the early church. Paul prayed a power prayer in Thessalonians 3:11-13, “Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all the holy ones.”

Paul prayed two things for the early church in these three verses. First, he prayed that their love would increase and overflow for people. Then he went on to pray that their hearts would be strengthened so that it will be blameless and holy! This may not seem to be earth shattering but this can really change your life!

I want to ask you to do something. This week, I challenge you to pray this prayer every day, and see what God does in your life. I double dog dare you to do it! I had a pastor named Bobby Harrell who shared some wisdom with me many years ago. He said, “Love God and love people. If you can do that, you will do well in ministry.”

Lord, wake us up from our selfishness and give us a love for other people! We can be so self centered that we don’t see the people around us. Lord fill us with your love so I can in turn love on others. Father I also pray for a heart that is blameless and holy. Purify my mind and help me to be more like you every day! You must increase, and I must decrease.

Simple but dead on. This is God’s Word to us! Will we apply it? Prepare your hearts to be used by God. Love y’all! Have a great weekend.