In 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2, among other places, Paul asks for prayer for his ministry. I think we can easily gain application from Paul’s request that we should be in prayer for others’ ministry efforts.
- 2Th 3:1-2. Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.
The following came from the notes on 2 Thessalonians 3.
Though not all of us are in vocational ministry, as Christians we are all to be involved in ministry. Whether or not we make our living from ministry, we must be involved. When Jesus gave his final mandate that we should go everywhere and make disciples, he did not mean that we should do that only if we can make our living from it. We need to be about that task everywhere we go and in everything we do.
Part of that also includes the support of others in their ministries, again, vocationally or not. As your friends, co-workers, and family members are going about their daily lives and engaging in whatever ministry opportunities our God has granted them, we should be praying for them and seeking to help them as we are able. This may include:
- Asking God to guide and bless their efforts.
- Asking God to open the hearts of those they are sharing with.
- Encouraging them with participation in Bible study and lay theological education.
- Helping them financially, if that’s appropriate.
- Encouraging them to press on despite difficulties.
As the body of Christ, we need to be working together to fulfill our Lord’s command to us.
Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)
Jesus also said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Ac 1:8)