By Kevin Shrum
Pastor, Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville
Focal Passage: II Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
Prayer is an interesting, yet dynamic and essential Christian discipline. We pour our hearts out to God in prayer. He promises to hear us, to speak to us, and to answer our prayers according to His will. But too many times we feel as if we’re speaking in mid-air to no one who is listening. But is this true?
Prayer is that unique gift God has called us to that both tests and rewards our faith in Him. Without prayer we are powerless. When we work, we work. But when we pray God works. And when God works amazing things take place. This is why we are called to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). What do we pray about?
Steadfastness (II Thessalonians 2:13-15). We pray for steadfastness, for faithfulness in our commitment to God. We pray for a steadfastness grounded in our salvation because “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (v. 13). The effectual call of the gospel came to us for “the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 14). All of this makes us stable in the Lord. [Read more…]