The Thessalonian brethren faced continual persecutions from the time that the gospel was preached to them (Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thess. 1:6,7; 2:14-16; 2 Thess. 1:4-7). How could they cope with such continual troubles and prospects for only more trouble in the immediate future? As Paul began to close the second letter to them, he enjoined them to pray:
2 Thess. 3:1-4 “Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.”
1.) Pray For Others. Paul said, “pray for us.” When facing troubles we aretempted to say, “I'm just going to pray for ME.” But people with selfish thoughts seldom pray much anyway. No, they should pray for Paul and those who helped bring them the gospel.
2.) Pray For Spiritual Progress. They were also to pray “that the word of the Lord may spread.” If the gospel has conquered our hearts for Jesus it can do the same for others also. Pray that it does so.
3.) Have Confidence In The Lord. Know that the “Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you...” He is stronger than our troubles.
4.) Have Confidence In Your Brethren. Sometimes we are disappointed with our brethren. But Paul said, “we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.” Have faith in the faith of others.