Monday, June 11, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Gratitude (7)

"For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?," (I Thessalonians 3:9, 10).

* In these touching verses, the apostle Paul expresses his loving concern for the spiritual well-being of the Thessalonian believers, by thankful intercession. Being separated from the fellowship that he started intensified his praying, and his gratitude to God for them.
Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind someone you haven't seen in quite a while, and then gratefully pray for them as creatively as possible.

* Even as did Paul in these verses, the faithful pastor continually feels the responsibility of praying for those whom God has entrusted to his care. And regardless of how far he may be separated from them, by travel or other circumstances, his heart is still with them.
Pray for your pastor, thanking God for him.

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