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06/11/2008

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Praying With Purpose


"Finally brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have a free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you" (2 Thess. 3:1).

Paul was a man of prayer. When he was converted on the way to Damacus in Acts 9:6, he asked, "What will you have me do." In verse 15 the Lord told him, "for he is a chosen vessel for me to carry my name before the Gentiles." Paul never underestimated the power of prayer in his service to the Lord. In Acts 4:31 it says, "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they had assembled together."

I have used the King James version of the Bible in today's text. Notice the words, "free course." In using these words, Paul is alluding to the races that were held in the stadium. "Free course" is a figure of speech meaning that Word would be spread, running without any impediment. He was asking them to pray that the Word would move rapidly and do what it was intended to do.

God has made the promise that as the Word goes forth it will accomplish its intended purpose. "So is the the word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it" (Isa 55:11).

If we are to live close to God, we must pray constantly. As we come into the presence of our Lord, we try to get His mind about the one for which we are praying, living close to the heart of God.

It takes prayer for the Word as it goes forth. I think that this is what Paul is asking for on our part. The Psalmist says in 126:6, "He who goes out weeping (praying), carrying seed to sow, (the Word) will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him." Lets be people of prayer....

Have a great Wednesday...Let your light shine Love Mark Phil. 4:11

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