Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith – 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
In Luke 18:1, Jesus taught that men ought always to pray and not to faint. You must not give up praying for God’s people; it’s your priestly ministry as a believer to pray for Christians in your country, and all over the world, that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified in them, even as it is with you. Pray that God’s saints will know His Word by revelation and be effective in the things of the Spirit.
In Ephesians 1:17, Paul had to pray that God would grant the Ephesian Christians “…the spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of Him.” Some people are born again, and have general knowledge about God. However, they lack divine insight and knowledge of spiritual things. We ought to intercede for such people to have the light of God’s Word, and walk therein.
Also, intercede for the missionary work of ministers, and ministries in your country and around the world, that God will grant them utterance and opportunities to preach the Gospel with power. In Colossians 4:3, Paul admonished the believers to pray in this light for his missionary work: “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.” This verse highlights two important points: utterance and opportunities. You might have the utterance and not have the opportunity to preach the Gospel, and vice versa, hence we must intercede as admonished by the Spirit.
Never get weary of praying for Christians around the world; it’s part of your priestly ministry. Pray that God’s people will stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel around the world.
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I live up to my call today, praying that the Lord will grant utterance, boldness and opportunity to Christians around the world, especially in places where the light of the Gospel has been dim, to preach and teach the Word with power, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study/Reading: Ephesians 6:18-20; 1 Timothy 2:1-4