“MENTIONING YOU IN PRAYER”
“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” (I Thessalonians 1:2)
The Apostle Paul was not a celebrity, except to the people who were blessed to be associated with him in the faith. There is no doubt that Paul was the greatest Christian who has ever lived, but there is a side of Paul that not many people saw, then and even fewer now. He had a genuine tenderness and compassion for people. He was concerned for their spiritual activity and growth in their faith toward their Savior. He did not presume that the believers he interacted with were without problems and pitfalls. When Paul was called upon by the Holy Spirit to write letters to believers (wherever they were), he received special, spiritual illumination to be sure his words fit the people and their circumstances. Just about every letter he wrote he made mention of the fact that he was praying for them in some way or another.
The churches at Corinth and Galatia caused great concern for Paul. Both of these churches were entrenched in problems that should not have occurred. In his correspondence to these churches, you can see the true compassion he demonstrated as he pleaded with them to put aside the hindrances of false teachings and loose living and to embrace the faith that brought them to Christ. You can be sure that Paul was deeply discouraged by their actions, but he never ceased in his prayers for them. When true Christian love is present, you can be sure that continuing prayer will be present as well. So it was with Paul.
Just to think that someone of the spiritual caliber of the Apostle Paul would make mention of you as he prayed to God is truly a humbling thought. That is what Paul did for the believers at the church at Thessalonica—he made mention of them in his prayers for their positive spiritual involvement as a church. In verse three, he remembers them for their continuing testimony for the Lord by stating:
1.Their work of faith, i.e., “doing what they could to get the Word of God out to the unbelieving masses.” Note verse eight as Paul commended them for getting (sounding, heralding) the Word both far and near.
2.Their labour of love,i.e., “supporting the ministry with their finances and physical work,” so that Paul’s ministry would not suffer want, and this, they did willingly. Note verses six and seven, “So that ye were ensamples to all that believe….”
3.Their patience of hope, i.e., their waiting with anticipation the coming of Jesus for His Church (the Rapture). Note verse ten, “And to wait for his Son from heaven...which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
I believe this church was much encouraged just to read the words of verse two, especially the words, “...making mention of you in our prayers.” Are you a person that has the type of prayer life and connection with God that it would thrill a fellow believer just to know you have mentioned them in prayer? Folks, we need to be the kind of prayer warriors that make a difference in the lives of others. Get started today!
Pastor H. Preston Parker