Scripture and prayer refreshing...
3We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. 4Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
5All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
11With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessolonians 1:3-12 (NIV)
So many wonderful things in this passage. Praying for others that we all will be worthing of God's calling and give us his power to do he wants us to do as our faith grows. If we have a friend or family member, prayer is something we can do to build them up over our human words we can come up with. God is right and watches what happens to us. We are not alone out there as we share God's Word to others and live for God.
A cousin asked me to pray for her and lift her up claiming scripture for her so she can have God's wisdom and love in the choices she makes in her life. She has lived her life friendly to anybody she meets. I could go on saying good things about her as it is wonderful to have fellowship with someone like her in your life. Does she tell me what she would want for Christmas or Birthday? No, she asks for prayers of claiming scripture for her life and what areas she is into. Yet, she does the same for other she prays for. Yet some of the kindest words I can say about her is that she uses her life like a vessel that God works through as she produces fruits of the spirit as she lives on earth. He blesses her and she blesses others as God's love flows through her to others as she is friendly to all. Being friendly to all can be interesting as God does help us with wisdom in that area as we get older.
God has given us many scripture promises in the Bible. In our prayers he still speaks to us today if we take the time to humble ourselves and listen. I know I fail at that in being too busy with life. I get too busy to pray like I know I need to for others and even what I do or say. Despite failing in a areas I continue to repent as I ask for forgiveness when I pray to help me seek further. We all can mess up and fall but do we seek God again for help or get discourage by not turning our focus back on God only to focus on how we fail instead. There are so many promises we don't even claim to help us in scripture. I forget to pray for those like I should. Yet, overtime of my life I do see improvments. Yet, as I see growth I see so much more growth there can be. Again, we need to pray for each other as my cousin has asked me to do for her.
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