The Big Read – Daily Read
1 Thessalonians 5:23-28
v23: We are to pray for one another’s sanctification – for God to sanctify their whole person (spirit, soul, body) and continue the good work He has already begun in them, so that they become more and more devoted to Him and live increasingly holy lives. We are also to pray for one another’s preservation – for God to complete and perfect his work by protecting and preserving them until they “are finally presented faultless before the throne of his glory with exceeding joy.”
v24: Can we be sure that God will hear our prayers for Him to sanctify and preserve His people? Yes, because God is faithful, and it is the faithfulness of God, not their faithfulness, that assures us that they will persevere to the end. “Our faithfulness toward God depends on his faithfulness toward us.”
v25-26: Pray for your pastors. “Ministers need their people’s prayers, and the more people pray for their ministers, the more good things ministers may receive from God, and the more benefit people may receive from their ministry.”
v27-28: God’s Word is to be made known. It must be publicly read when God’s people gather for worship. It must also be translated into a language that people are able to read and understand.
Devotional notes adapted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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