READ: 2 Thessalonians 1
THINK/PRAY: Reread verses 3 & 4. What or whom are you grateful for today? Why? Pause and give thanks to God for these now.
Who is growing in their faith, maturing into God’s likeness, and loving others well? Thank God for them now, including names and details.
Who needs to grow more in their faith, needs to mature further into God’s likeness, and could love others more appropriately and generously? Thank God for them and pray for them now, including names and details.
Which followers of Christ have fallen on hard times but are determined and persevering? Thank God for them and pray for them now, including names and details. Pray also for the persecuted church – those Christ-followers around the globe who are being arrested and tortured and murdered simply because of what they believe. Thank God for their incredible passion and commitment to Jesus. Finally, ask God to give you the same courage, commitment, and love for Christ.
LIVE: Carry all these individuals in your thoughts today. Ask God to bring them to mind during the coming week. As you remember them, pray for them.
– Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo