2 Thessalonians 3:1–5 (NIV84)
Request for Prayer
3Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from
wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.
5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
Paul requests prayer for his missionary work and obedience to what he has commanded
them. We are called to listen to those whom God has given to teach and preach the pure Word (Heb 13:17; cf Ac 5:27–32). The Lord’s faithfulness toward us is steadfast; He is an immovable rock. Through the Church (His Body) and her pastors, He will
guard us against the attacks of the evil one, the devil, the Antichrist.
I pray: “Protect us from war, bloodshed, plagues, pestilence, and other grievous diseases.
Guard us against all evil and distresses of the body. Let Your divine will, the growth of Your kingdom and the glory of Your name be accomplished in all these things. Amen.”
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible
(St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2064.