Praying with Paul: ‘A Marvelous Message’
1 Thessalonians 1:2-8
Thank you for the great numbers of believers in Jesus Christ, for their works of faith, their labors of love, and their steadfastness of hope which they have in Christ. Thank you for choosing all of us and calling us to yourself by the Good News about Jesus. Thank you that this marvelous message came to us not only in word, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. Thank you for the example of your apostles as demonstrations of what the Good News about Jesus can do in human lives.
Help us to imitate their labors, suffering, and joys in the Holy Spirit so that we may become examples to others.
Let our faith, like theirs, go forth everywhere to all men so that all men will turn from vain idols and self-worship to serve you, the living and true God.
In the name of Jesus I pray and give thanks to you. Amen.