TOPIC: STAND FIRM AND HOLD ON
Opening Prayer: I open my heart to meditate on your word, teach me your ways oh Lord.
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:13‐3:5
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any command for me to obey?
• Is there any prayer for me to remember?
Today’s reading is a call to Christian stability. Recall our meditations in the past two days. In view of the imminent return of Christ which will be preceded by the unveiling of the Antichrist, Paul now urges the Thessalonians to stand firm in their faith and to hold on to the Apostolic teachings they had received
These instructions are relevant to us today to be able to escape the backsliding and rebellion occasioned by the secret power of the Antichrist, already at work. Note how Paul addressed his Thessalonian converts: (a) Brothers (1:3, 2:13, 3:1), (b) Chosen to be saved (2:13), (c) Called, to share in Christ’s glory (2:14). Can these describe you? In recognition of God’s role in keeping them, Paul prayed for them.
Mention the things he prayed about on their behalf (2:16‐17, 3:5). The spread and impact of the gospel is one of the means to stem the tide of ungodliness and promote Christian stability. Unfortunately, some people whom Paul described as wicked, evil, and faithless, work against the gospel. You may wish to pray for those who propagate the gospel as requested for in 3:1‐2.
And so: Know what you believe and why. Build yourself in the most holy faith.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• Form your prayer from 3:3,5
Offer a prayer of faith in line with
Psalms 115:12; Ezra 5, 6; Job 33