Friendships in Christ
Praying To See Your Face Today
"as we night and day
keep praying most earnestly that we may see
your face, and may complete what is lacking
in your faith?"
1 Thessalonians 3:10, Page
have a friend facing surgery for a
suspicious growth this week. I have
spent considerable time praying for my
friend, because I know he has a history of
cancer. I have another friend that
prayed and expressed faith that Jesus had
forgiven her sins by faith, but I have not
seen her at the beach lately. I find
it easy and compelling to pray for my
friends that I hear about, know about, and
think about. When I stay in touch with
friends, I like to pray for my friends.
In 1 Thessalonians 3:10, page 1848, Paul
reminds the Thessalonians that the ministry
team prays for them night and day.
Paul makes several important points about
praying, all in one verse.
First. Purposefully. Pray with
purpose, so that your mind does not drift
and wander, and that you might not fall
Second. Rally. Rally together to
pray. The word "we" speaks to both
collective and personal prayers, by all the
Third. Always. Always pray both
night and day for the people you love in
Christ. If you keep them on your mind,
you will pray for them more often.
Fourth. Yearn. Yearn to see the people
face to face you pray for.
Fifth. Earnestly. Earnestly pray
for the people Jesus lays on your heart and
Sixth. Rejoice. Rejoice over
your friends in Christ as you pray for them.
Seventh. Seek. Seek the spiritual
maturity of your friends in Christ as you
pray for them.
Paul really wants the Thessalonians to know
the depths of the ministry team's love for
them. They pray night and day to see
the Thessalonians again, and to complete
what is lacking in their faith.
So, we learn some more about building strong
friendships in Christ.
● Strong bonds of friendship form
when we pray seriously for our friends in
● Strong bonds of friendship grow when
we let our friends know that we pray night
and day for them, with the aim that they
will be fully complete in Christ.
● We harm our bonds of friendship when
we fail to pray earnestly and often for our
friends, seeking their benefit and maturity.
Application for Today
Today, I will pray night and day for my
friends in Christ, and I intend to pray with
other people as a team, lifting up our
friends so that all of us will stand
spiritually complete before Jesus.