DEVOTION: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-13 (ESV)
"Pray for Us"
3 Finally, brothers,[a] pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored,[b] as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.[c] 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
"Warning Against Idleness"
6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[d]
13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
We often have prayer requests don't we? I get tons of people requesting me to pray for them, for their families, for any number of reasons. What good does it do?
Paul had a prayer request of the Thessalonians. His request was that they pray that the "Word of the Lord may speed ahead". What a great request.
When we don't pray, we tend to slip further and further away from God and we forget how much God is in charge of us and of the whole world.
We all need to pray for our nation today. We need to simply pray that God's will be done, first so that we remember that God is the one in charge, and secondly so that we and the rest of our nation can conform our lives more and more each day to God's Word.
Let us pray: Lord, Thy will be done in America as it is in heaven. Give us Your mind and Your will that we may truly be Your disciples and live as You want us to live. Amen.
Wed- Choir 7pm
Thurs- Karate 5:30-7:30
Sat- Noon-5pm basement reserved; Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Chapel 11; Elders meeting
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Addie Hoelscher 11- Savannah Masters
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Set up- Jodi Baldwin; Clean Up: Wanda Turnure
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- John Hachtel ; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Don Nolte; 11- Joan Sexton
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier 8:30- Tim Linke; 11- Jim Rahn
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Toni Mauch; Sun- Terry McKenzie