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October 30, 2023 - 2 Thessalonians 3

Paul’s final words to the Thessalonians are important (Of course, all his writing is important.): “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (3:1-3). Paul understands that God is the “Lord of the harvest” (Matthew 9:38) and, thus, if a harvest of souls is to be had, the Lord himself must make it so. So, Paul asks for prayer that the Lord will do that very thing, and that speedily. Many there are who are wicked and evil and without faith. However, the biblical writers clearly expect, in spite of all the opposition (Is our present generation listening?), the gospel will be preached and the kingdom of God will grow. And though (see above) the Lord must make it happen, he makes it happen through his people. And, so, let us pray:

Lord of the harvest

Place Your fire in me

Servant You need now

Servant I will be

Give me the eyes of Your Spirit

Your heart of compassion to know

Wherever You may lead me

Lord of the harvest, I’ll go. – Paul Charles Smith (1982)

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