“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13)
This passage was a prayer that Paul shared with the Thessalonians. Paul would pray this regularly on behalf of the Thessalonian church. The prayer had three points. First, Paul prayed that God would allow him and Silas and Timothy to return to visit the Thessalonians. That God would “direct our way to you”. He had been hindered up to this point in writing the letter to return so he prayed that God would open a way and lead them back.
Second, Paul prayed that the Thessalonians would “increase and abound in love for one another and for all”. They were known for their faithfulness and love for God and for others. Paul wanted them to continue to grow in that and abound in it so that they can continue to do it.
Third, Paul prayed that God would “establish your hearts blameless”. God is only one who is able to forgive us our sins (through the work of Jesus on the cross). When we repent and confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness as John wrote in 1 John. Paul cared about the Thessalonians and wanted them to be following Jesus faithfully.
This week, let us pray this prayer for our community and those around us. Let us show the love of Christ to those around us. And let us be faithful to follow Jesus with everything we have.