When times are hard, and life seems to have the pressure set at “11”, it’s easy sometimes to forget what comes first. I know in my own experiences, whenever there’s a problem, I have a tendency to fixate on that problem, and treat it as though it’s the most important thing in the world, until it gets solved. But is that the right procedure for handling life’s difficulties?
In the first verse, Paul asks the Thessalonians to do something…pray. What does that tell us about our priorities during times of stress? What obstacles are in our way to praying?
Combining v1-2…what does Paul ask them to pray about? What does THAT tell us about our priorities in life? What is the most important thing in the world for the Christ follower?
In v3-4, Paul expresses his confidence in God, that he will continue doing his work in the people of the Thessalonian church. Based on what he says, what else is our priority as a Christ follower?
Finally, v5 has Paul praying for them again. Its a neat kind of rhythm to this…like breathing, or a heartbeat, how the prayer goes from one to the other. What is his final request for the Christians there? What is OUR priority, based on his hope for them?
Stuff to ponder.